B.S. Microbiology


research from the start

Research plays a central role for students in the B.S. program in Microbiology at ACPHS.

Whether it's in the classroom, assisting a professor in their lab, or leading your own research project under the mentorship of a faculty member, you will be exposed to scientific research throughout your four years in the program. These experiences often lead to co-authorship credit in scholarly publications and presentations, an uncommon and distinctive achievement for an undergraduate student.

Opportunities to further advance your research knowledge and skills are available through funded programs (e.g., Summer Research Awards), events (Student Research Symposium), internships (Regeneron, Eli Lilly), and membership in ACPHS professional clubs and organizations (Pre-Med Club, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists).


microbiology students with professor
Published Research - A Distinguishing Factor
Touting published research before graduation demonstrates credibility in the field and gives you a competitive edge as you pursue the next steps along your career path. Microbiology students have a successful track record of being listed as co-authors in a range of scholarly publications and presentations.
student presenting research poster
Capstone Experience
The two-semester capstone experience is a hypothesis-driven, independent research project that culminates with an oral/written presentation. The course is designed to help you bridge your classroom knowledge with real world microbiological issues faced by researchers and health care professionals. An approved internship may be substituted for one semester of your capstone experience.
microbiology research equipment
Summer Research Awards
The College's Summer Research Awards program provides additional opportunities for students to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students selected for the program receive $3,500 to help fund their research project and pay for the associated supplies. An impressive nine students from the Microbiology program have been selected for awards in the past four years.
Matt Higgs
Discovery Spotlight
"Proper teamwork is really what makes a pharmaceutical company run smoothly."
Matt Higgs '20, BS Microbiology/MS Molecular Biosciences
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Meenakshi Malik, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Discovery Spotlight
"Research can be incredibly exciting, because you have the potential to create knowledge for the first time in the world.”
Meenakshi Malik, Professor
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Madi Worden, M.S. ACPHS Class of 2017
Discovery Spotlight
"Becoming a dentist has always been my dream."
Madeline Worden '17, Master's in Molecular Biosciences
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