Undergraduate Resources

These materials are designed to help you with professional development throughout your undergraduate career. — While oriented toward students in Biology, these materials are germane to most majors. Certainly other opportunities and resources exist, these resources can provide a start. You might also want to check out the page on resources for graduate students since this will provide a useful roadmap for where you might be going and the skills and materials you will need (e.g., excellent letters of recommendation, publication experience as an undergraduate, interships and hands-on experience outside of the classroom).

Maintained by: Spencer Hall and Jessica Hite
Department of Biology Indiana University
please email: jlhite@indiana.edu for updates/corrections

Professional Deveolopment and Career Websites

The Occupational Outlook Handbook of the U.S. Department of Labor page,
The O*Net page,
The American Association for the Advancement of Science page,
The IU Undergraduate Biology Blog page,
The IU STIM programs blog page,
The IU Health Professionals and Prelaw Center page,
The Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership page,
BioCrossroads page,

Professional Development Materials

Your first research lab or internship, writing professional emails By Megan Larsen and Jessica Hite PDF

More on developing professional communication skills By Megan Larsen PDF

An introduction to scientific literature and scientific literacy By Megan Larsen PDF

An example of a personal statement or interest letter PDF

Undergraduate Internship Resources

The National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates page

Ornithological Societies of Noth America (OSNA) page

Cornell Lab of Ornithology page

Texas A and M Agriculture and Life Sciences page