Student Research Opportunities


We strive to create learning opportunities for our students outside the classroom, and we believe in the value of student-led research. Check out some of your options below.

W. Scott Chilton Undergraduate Research Award

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology offers the W. Scott and Mary Dell Chilton Undergraduate Research Award. Applicants must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors with an interest in becoming involved in research with a faculty member in the department. Stipends of up to $1,500 will be furnished by the Chilton Undergraduate Research Foundation.

Learn More and Apply


Integrative Microbial and Plant Systems Research Experience

Participants in 2017 REU

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology welcomes applications for the Integrative Microbial and Plant Systems Undergraduate Research Experience.  The program focuses on basic and applied questions about plant-microbe interactions in the face of climate change and global food security hardships. NCSU has a strong core of plant and microbial biologists who are working in the areas of sustainable foods, fuels, and computer modeling for studying fundamental biological mechanisms. Four major research themes include stress resilience, nutrient acquisition in plant and microbial systems, signaling in plant-microbe systems, and plant-microbiome modelling. 

During the 10-week summer program, students will actively engage in a research project under the mentorship of a participating faculty member. Participants will receive housing on campus, travel expenses if they need to fly to the program, a food allowance, and a stipend of $6,000.  The program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Learn More and Apply


honey bees

The BeeMORE program at NC State is an eight-week summer research experience funded by the USDA – NIFA Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates (REEU) Fellowships Program that focuses on building awareness and fundamental skills in the areas of microbiology and bee biology. The program gives give eight undergraduate students the opportunity to investigate diverse topics that highlight the importance of bees as pollinators, the role of pollinators in crop productivity, the importance of microbes in earth ecology, and the specific role of microbes in bee health and disease.

Learn More and Apply