Biology Department

Research Opportunities

Union students conducting grasshopper research

Research at Union

There are many research opportunities available for Union biology majors.

Check out Union Undergraduate Research website for more detailed information on how to get involved.

(Any individual using laboratory animals in teaching and/or research at Union must have an Animal Care and Use Protocol form completed, approved and on file with IACUC).

Summer opportunities:

Off-Campus Opportunities:

  • Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship (FORCES)

    Mission & program goals

    Engage New York State college students to simultaneously improve OPRHP resources and enrich student academic, recreational and career opportunities.

    Primary Program Goals

    • Harness student expertise, volunteer and service efforts to create meaningful park and natural resource improvement projects and to enhance patron experience.
    • Support and nurture the interest of college students in environmental conservation, recreation, and historic preservation activities and careers.
    • Increase awareness of and engagement with New York State parks among college students and college communities.

    Benefits of getting involved:

    • Gain experience in the field of your choice
    • Make connections with New York State Park employees
    • Enhance your resume with notable skills and experience
    • Try a variety of projects and fields to find out what you like
    • Fill internship or volunteer requirements while doing something you love
    • Help protect the beauty and biodiversity of New York State Parks by acquiring and sharing unique knowledge and skills

    For current project opportunities, click here.

  • Community Health, Education, and Agriculture Gap Year Fellowship Opportunities

    Winter Deadline: February 23rd

    Project Horseshoe Farm is a community health nonprofit organization with locations in rural Alabama and a newly established site in Pomona, California. We believe that you may be interested in the unique hands-on experience in nonprofit management, education, and community-based healthcare that our organization provides.

    We are offering three different 13-month gap-year fellowship programs for recent college graduates: a Farming, Health, and Nutrition track and two Community Health tracks, the original in rural Alabama and a new location in Pomona, California. Alumni have expressed how transformative their Fellowship experience was and have gone on to top medical schools, graduate programs, and nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

    The final 2020-2021 Fellowship application deadline is February 23rd. The application can be found here, and you can also learn more about the work we are doing on our website. As we continue to grow, we would appreciate your promotion of our unique programs to your students.

    Project Horseshoe Farm Flyer
    Project Horseshoe Farm Flyer Page 2

  • Environmental Education Internship Program, Albany Pine Bush Preserve

    Are you passionate about nature?

    Eager to pass that love on to others?

    Then an Environmental Education Internship may be for you! Also known as interpreters, environmental educators teach students about the natural world around them.

    The Albany Pine Bush Environmental Education Internship is a volunteer seasonal program. We offer a 10 week program in both spring and fall with a minimum requirement of 40 hours per semester. We also offer a 12-week full time summer position, 37.5 hours per week. There is a Friends of the Pine Bush Community internship stipend upon completed requirements. Housing available.

    The Albany Pine Bush Education Intern represents the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission in many different facets. This position requires interaction with people of all ages in a variety of settings in an interpretive capacity. Interns must possess an interest in the ecology of the Albany Pine Bush, environmental education/interpretation and an enthusiastic attitude.

    Experience as an educator or with public speaking is helpful but not required. Training will be provided.


    • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive, enthusiastic attitude.
    • Background or interest in the natural sciences and the ability to use field identification guides, willingness to learn, and a strong interest in the ecology, history and management of this local area.
    • Excellent writing skills.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with people of all ages in an interpretive capacity.
    • Work requires minor physical exertion and infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
    • Experience in working as an educator, or with public speaking preferred but not required.
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Reliable transportation.
    • First aid training recommended.

    For more information visit:
    Intern Responsibilities The primary responsibility of the Albany Pine Bush Education Intern is to promote a greater public awareness and appreciation for the Albany Pine Bush through education.

    Interns lead interpretive walks, interact with preserve and Discovery Center visitors in an educational capacity, travel to local schools, colleges and businesses to promote awareness and understanding of the ecology and management of the Pine Bush, participate in public interpretive programs, assist with the development of school programs and presentations, participate in outreach events, and aid in the production of educational literature specific to the Pine Bush.

    Interns may also have the option of participating in other Preserve activities including native plant seed collection, invasive species control, trail maintenance, prescribed fire training, science research and animal handling and care.

    Contact: Jackie Citriniti Lead Educator

    Phone: (518) 456-0655 ext. 1227


    Fax: (518) 456-8198

    If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to the Lead Educator. (See contact Information)

Graduate Programs and Related Opportunities

  • January 31st 2020: Open House for M.S. Applied Biology at Salisbury University

    Salisbury University, M.S. in Applied Biology flyer
  • February 6th 2020: STEM/ Healthcare Expo, The Armory at Sage
    STEM/ Healthcare Expo 2020

    Thursday February 6, 2019 (Snow date: Thursday, February 14th)

    11:30 am-2:30 pm

    The Armory at Sage (130 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY)

    View a list of participating employers and graduate schools attached!

    Eight Colleges in New York's Capital Region, as an initiative of the Capital Region Career Consortium (CRCC), are working together to host the second annual STEM/Healthcare Connect Job, Internship, and Graduate School Expo. See attached list of employers and graduate schools.

    * Transportation provided by Union College, two departure/ return times offered

    Departs Becker Career Center at 10:45am and 12:45pm

    Departs The Armory at Sage at 11:50am and 2:30pm

    To Register:

    Interested students must register in Handshake and email Carli Aragosa, by Sunday, February 2nd stating your interest in the fair and if you will need Union College transportation.

    If you need transportation, you MUST state what time you will be taking the bus from Becker Career Center (10:45am or 12:45pm)

    Questions? Email Carli Aragosa,

    Attendees will be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals