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Volunteering in a Biological Sciences Research Laboratory

To become a student volunteer in a research laboratory, you will need to complete the following prior to the agreed upon start date:

  1. Find a Biological Sciences Faculty Member with research that interests you and get their approval to work in their lab.
  2. Submit your name, phone number, and email address to the chosen faculty advisor in order to complete a background check.
  3. Fill out and submit the Volunteer Risk Waiver and Volunteer Registration forms found at the FAU Volunteer Policies website.
  4. Complete all required Safety Training (consult with the faculty member about which training courses are required). 

Original forms should be kept with the Biological Sciences faculty member that is supervising the volunteer appointment and copies of all paperwork should be emailed directly to the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service at leadership@fau.edu. For questions related to volunteer paperwork, please contact them directly at 561-297-3607.

Why Volunteer?

  • Establish community relationships with many organizations
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Have hours recorded on your transcripts for future employers, and/or professional or graduate school applications
  • Meet new people
  • Explore Careers
  • Gain experience in your career field
  • Become eligible for nationwide scholarships and on-campus awards
  • Create memories with friends and make someone happy

Recording Volunteer Hours

Volunteer hours are logged through NobleHour. All submitted and verified service hours via NobleHour will be reported to the Registrar's office for posting to your official transcript - a benefit for your future employment or professional/graduate school enrollment.