The NCSU Research PackTrack program is designed to provide undergraduate students with hands-on research experience early in their collegiate career. This program is a fantastic opportunity for students in the biological sciences to participate in an original, authentic research experience. Students can enter the program during the second semester of their freshman year (first semester sophomore students may enter with permission). While in the program, students will have the opportunity to gain research skills, conduct guided research in an authentic research lab, and complete an independent research project. Course credit obtained throughout the program can count towards biology restricted elective credit.
Two-Semester Program Requirements:
- BIO 267 Research Skills I: Introduction to Research in the Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)
- BIO 269 Research Skills II: Guided Lab Practice (3 credit hours)
Why should I be a part of this program?
Many students at NCSU in CALS are looking forward to the next step in their career: medical school, veterinary school, graduate school, or industry. The Research PackTrack program gives you the chance to experience research first hand, and these research credits will help you stand out among other applicants for medical, graduate, and professional schools. In addition, there is potential for your work in the program and in labs after the program to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals or presented at local and national scientific conferences. Lastly, this program provides a framework for networking with researchers at NCSU and professional development. Participating in this program will positively impact your career path!