Life Sciences Research Fellowship

Preparation for success in biology research

Each year, the Biology Department accepts a small and highly selective cohort of Research Fellows, each of whom is paired with a professor who serves for four years as their research advisor and mentor.

In collaboration with their faculty research advisor and peer mentors in the laboratory, Research Fellows are given the tools and resources to conduct ground-breaking scientific research, present their findings as conference presentations and publications, earn Honors in Biology, and embark on a path to successful careers in the life sciences.

Program Information

Students seeking opportunities to conduct independent research, under the guidance of a faculty member, may apply to become Research Fellow in the Life Sciences, Sewanee's most prestigious pathway to earning honors in biology. Life Sciences Research Fellows develop their leadership and research skills while completing requirements beyond the normal coursework—including up to two paid summers of full-time laboratory research—that prepare them for successful careers in the life sciences. 


Applications for the Life Science Research Fellowship are due on March 15. All admitted students, for the incoming fall class, are invited to apply. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Elise Kikis, Chair of Biology

Research Internships

Typically after the sophomore and junior years, Life Sciences Research Fellows spend their summers in their on-campus laboratories working full-time on their research projects. These are paid internships with access to an array of programming through the Sewanee Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.


In 2023, the Biology Department welcomed its first cohort of 10 talented Life Sciences Research Fellows. Learn more about each of these extraordinary students.