Earn credits while conducting research in a Cornell laboratory

The Cornell University Research Apprenticeship in the Biological Sciences (RABS) offers a small number of serious, research-oriented students the rare opportunity to join a top-notch laboratory at one of the world’s leading research institutions.

During this innovative, intensive, and highly selective program, you'll become part of the renowned biomedical research community at Cornell's Ithaca campus, studying under the guidance of distinguished Cornell faculty members as you pursue research in an area of your choosing.

You'll develop your research skills, becoming familiar with the lab procedures, protocols, techniques, and equipment used in cutting-edge facilities. And you'll attend seminars on topics such as biology, medicine, and science ethics. All the while, you’ll work closely with some of Cornell’s leading professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate researchers.

Unlike other didactic research courses for minors, RABS is designed for students who want laboratory research as their only focus and are serious about a completely immersive experience into the life of a biological research scientist. Strong candidates must have demonstrated their interest in research through previous research activities in industry or at a university/college. See application guidelines.