Experiential Learning Opportunities for Biology Students

Click on a topic below for links to experiential learning opportunities and support resources. 


UT CNS offers many courses in which students have the opportunity to learn through authentic science projects and other experiences. 

See the courses taught with an experiential learning component below. 

Biology courses
CNS courses - all departments

Undergraduate Research

One of the most in-depth experiential opportunities available to Biology students is
independent research within a faculty member’s research group.

The lists below are not exhaustive. TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities. 



The purpose of an internship is to gain valuable skills and experience, explore and refine your career interests, and network with professionals in your field.  Also, internships allow you to apply concepts you have learned in the classroom in a real-world, work environment.  

CNS Career Services is your college resource for career exploration and internships. 

TIDES offers drop-in hours each week in Painter Hall 3.04 for students who would like to discuss strategies for getting invovled in experiential learning activities and connecting with CNS and campus resources. The list below is a sample of opportunities and is not exhaustive. 


  • Opportunities

CNS Career Services Search Tools for Jobs and Internships
CNS Career Services Job/Internship feed
Biology Internships Indeed.com
RISE Research Internships in Science and Engineering
Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Internship Program

  • Resources

CNS Career Services Job/Internship feed
CNS Career Services Guide for Biology
CNS Course Credit Options for Internships


CNS students can engage in entrepreneurial activities both in and out of the classroom. TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities.

CNS Inventors Program
Startup Science
Bridging Disciplines Programs - Innovation, Creativity & Innovation
Entrepreneurship Resources Across Campus

Other Activities 

Science Sprints

If you're interested in "doing science" and are looking for a shorter-term way to be involved, try out a Science Sprint! Science Sprints are one-day intensive, fun events bringing interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 undergraduates together to work on a meaningful science problem. All CNS majors are welcome.
Spring 2018 Science Sprint Topics and Registration Information


The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. 
UT Austin's iGEM team information