Graduate Research in Biology

At WCU, we provide you with the opportunity to conduct research with a number of affiliated agencies as outlined below. If you’d like examples of research conducted at the graduate level, review our listing of current and past graduate research projects.

Highlands Biological Station
Provides graduate students and senior scientists from throughout the United States with research and specialty course opportunities on Southern Appalachian biota. Research funds and logistical support are available for qualified graduate students. The station is located 50 minutes from campus.
Learn more about Highlands Biological Station

International Biosphere Reserves, National Parks, National Forests
Graduate students may become involved in research projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, both of which are International Biosphere Reserves. Research opportunities also are available in the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park and in Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory
This research unit of the International Biological Reserve has been established and well known for its watershed research for over half a century. It is one of a few long term ecological research stations in the country. Cooperative research projects are encouraged by the permanent research staff as well as other universities working at the station.
Learn more about Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory

Biochemistry Program
The respective Departments of Biology and Chemistry jointly offer a special program in biochemistry designed to prepare graduate students for study toward doctoral degrees.


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