There are many opportunities in the Biology Department to expand your education by engaging in research with a faculty mentor. Participating in a research program is a significant time commitment, but it also has many advantages: one-on-one time with a faculty member, learning about a topic in depth, seeing a project through from the beginning to end, trouble-shooting lab techniques/experiments, and perhaps co-authoring a paper for a national journal (to name just a few). If the idea of research appeals to you, start by learning about the research programs in our department here. If you find something at interests you, send a message to that faculty member requesting more information and/or a meeting.
Many students begin in a research lab at the beginning of summer. If that is your goal, you are strongly encouraged to begin contacting faculty late in fall semester.