Undergraduate student researchers and volunteers contribute significantly to research in the Department of Natural History. Last year 180 undergarduate students worked on projects, including fieldwork, laboratory experiments, curatorial activities in the museum collections, and exhibit development.

These projects allow early researchers to gain experience working with research collections and analyzing and interpreting data alongside a team of professional scholars. In being part of the discovery process, students are encouraged to ask questions and develop research projects to suit their own interests and build a foundation for potential future investigations after graduation.

Students interested in volunteering, doing an internship, or performing research for a senior thesis or class-based project should consult museum faculty and staff in the area of focus.