Students and faculty in the biology department are actively engaged in a variety of research projects.
Students have the opportunity to be involved in research through academic courses and independent study. Past course projects have included investigations of regeneration in Planaria, patterns of wheat-freeze injury in Kansas, and water quality parameters in the Arkansas River.
Outside the classroom, a number of Sterling College students have been involved with an ongoing research project studying white-tailed deer at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Students have worked as field technicians and volunteers for spotlight surveys, distance-sampling surveys, and capture efforts.
Students interested in research are also encouraged to apply for REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) summer programs.
Faculty research expertise includes genetics and field ecology. Students interested in research opportunities in these areas are encouraged to contact respective faculty members.