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Simmons' Independent Learning Requirement forms the basis for the Biology senior project, the capstone experience where majors explore a topic of interest in their field of study.
There are several paths to fulfilling the independent learning requirement: on-site research, off-site research, and internships. In on-site research, students do laboratory research under the mentorship of a faculty member in the department. Off-site research enables the student to explore clinical, applied, or basic research at one of the many laboratories available in the Simmons neighborhood. Finally, the internship experience involves supervised learning, often an opportunity for career exploration within a context of critical thinking. In all paths, students work closely with a faculty member who supervises the independent learning, and the final paper.
In addition to writing a final paper, all students formally present their work at the Eastern New England Biological Conference and/or at the Simmons Biology Symposium.
The links below sample our students involvement in the Biology Department. The link to senior projects shows the breadth of student work in research and internships. The Biology photo album shows a sample of department activities, including Biology Liaison, a student organization that promotes biology both within the Simmons community and in community service activities.