by Rachel Gould
At the majority of universities, new work in the field of science is left to graduate students and professors with few undergraduates, particularly underclassmen, being able or encouraged to participate. Undergrads are expected simply to attend lectures and labs. At Freed-Hardeman, though, undergrads have a wide range of research opportunities with which professors encourage students to get involved. Ranging from computational chemical analysis to fresh water turtles to chemotherapeutic drug testing for cancer research, students looking to major in any of the sciences can find an opportunity to flesh out their grad school applications while also engaging in more specialized hands-on learning outside of class. Furthermore, these research opportunities provide networking opportunities for FHU students as some of the research projects being worked on are joint efforts with professors and students at universities such as Lipscomb University and Harvard.
Whether it’s in biology, chemistry, pre-med, etc., FHU graduates who apply for graduate school stand out from students from other private and public universities because of the research they are able to participate in as an undergrad. As a result, a very high percentage of students graduating from FHU are accepted into their top choice for graduate school, with overall acceptance rates into graduate and professional programs close to 100%. FHU graduates are now gracing the halls of universities such as Harvard, Vanderbilt, UAB, and more.
So next time you speak with an admissions counselor, ask about the research opportunities you would have as an undergrad that can help you get into the medical program or physical therapy program you are interested in. Many schools have great science departments, but not every school will be able to provide the specialized research opportunities that FHU does.