• Biology Department Research

    At Worcester State University, we understand that the best learning includes doing. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to hone your scientific skills and techniques by working on faculty-led undergraduate research exploring topics like bacterial infection, animal diversity in Worcester County, and soil quality and composition. We also promote independent research with local biological and biotechnology organizations as well as interdisciplinary research with other WSU departments in the fields of chemistry, computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, and psychology.

    Collaborating with your professors on research projects will reinforce laboratory learning and expose you to best research practices. Many of our students have co-authored important papers in academic journals and presented their research at local science competitions. We recognize these remarkable student-faculty collaborations at our annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Recent projects include:

    • A Spatial Analysis of Tree Species on the Worcester State University Campus
    • Analyzing the Distribution and Abundance of the New England Cottontail Rabbit
    • Arthropods Found in Garden Soil Examined with the Scanning Electron Microscope
    • The Rate of Biofil Migration by Staphylococcus epidermis on Medical Grade Materials
    • Analyzing the Distribution and Abundance of Sylvilagus Floridanus and S. Transitionalis in Southern New England
    • Investigations in Wildlife Conservation: Quantifying Animal Diversity in Worcester County