First Year Research Experience

Honors Program students majoring in the Departments of Biology or Chemistry and Biochemistry may become members of a faculty-mentored research team during their first year at Bradley.

This program is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative to advance research skills and knowledge by undergraduate students.

To join this special research program for first-year college students:

  • Be admitted as a fisrt-year student to a major in the departments of Biology or Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Apply to the Bradley University Honors Program
  • Choose the Honors First Year Research Experience option on the Honors Program application form

This special Honors First Year Research Program will provide you with opportunities to build relationships with peers and faculty, familiarize yourself with research opportunities in your areas of interest, and prepare you to join a research lab in the second semester of your first year.

At the end of the first year in the program, Honors Research students will participate in a celebration of your team’s success which brings all the research teams together to share their research experiences.

Students who complete this first-year program will not only receive the designation of a Honors First Year Research Scholar, but they will also have the opportunity to participate in more advanced research projects with more in-depth skill development beginning their sophomore year.