During my first senior year of college, I signed up to do a Senior Problem also called a Senior Thesis. It was a two semester independent research study on sheep. I studied the seasonal influences of mating and reproduction of a Southeastern Ewe-flock. I spent a lot of time on the University's farm (I was an Animal Science major) and I got got a great hands-on experiential education.
Undergraduate research, whether as an assistant in a lab, or independent study, or a summer internship is a perfect way to supplement your science education. In fact, I highlighted the importance of such experiences in a recent article - FOCUS ON DIVERSITY: Fixing the pipeline to the science workforce:
By Rachel Narehood Austin
A summer internship may be the very best way for an undergraduate student to get started in scientific research.
By Elisabeth Pain
Understanding the expectations of your supervisor and your contributions as an undergraduate will make your summer research internship all the more valuable.
By Lucas Laursen
Summer research internships offer undergraduates research experience, exposure to new fields, and a chance to build a professional network.
By Science Careers Staff
Looking for something in science to do this summer? Look here.
Best of luck!