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Student Research

The Biology Department – Research Programs of Faculty Members

Contact us if you wish to participate in our research. Summer stipends are available through individual faculty members’ research grant funds and through the college’s Collaborative Research Endowment. Students may also receive credit for the biology major through participation in BIOL 490: Independent Research.

Dr. Chris Gaiser Developmental genetics of plant ovules
Evolution of angiosperms
Dr. Anne Kruchten Role of cytoskeletal proteins in motility of cancer cells
Dr. Michael Roberts Cardiovascular pharmacology
Adrenergic receptor thermodynamics and regulation
Body size/metabolism scaling
Dr. John  Syring Evolutionary genetics of western North American Pines
Dr. Chad Tillberg Behavioral ecology of terrestrial invertebrates
Ecology of invasive species
Dr. Jeremy  Weisz Microbiology of sponge-bacterial symbiosis
Marine ecology
Dr. Catherine Reinke Molecular mechanisms of gene silencing
Roles of microRNAs in animal development
Dr. Kyle Maclea Crustacean limb regeneration
Prions as infectious agents

Off-Campus Research Opportunities

The following is a listing of off-campus summer undergraduate research opportunities, typically for the summer between your junior and senior year.  These are usually paid positions (a general stipend ranging from $2000- $5000) and typically run 8-10 weeks in length.  Room, board, and travel expenses are variable. There are opportunities to work in a research lab at state universities, private universities, government labs, and private corporation laboratories. Opportunities exist across the country and are a great way to get valuable research experience, both to list on your curriculum vita and to help you determine if you are interested in a career in research.

This list shows programs available nationwide. Contact Biology Department faculty members if you are intersted in one or more. These opportunities are competitive and have application deadlines ranging from late November to February and early March.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Programs 2007 links (not all of these are biology programs)

The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.

The University of Minnesota LSSURP oversees and coordinates five life sciences programs. The programs begin with a joint orientation weekend (May 31–June 3, 2007), followed by participation in a 10-week research project under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor, and numerous special activities focused on professional development as well as social interaction.

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor.

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences of New York University's School of Medicine offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing research careers as PhD or MD/PhD candidates.

A summer research program for undergraduate students going into their final term/year of studies in fall of 2008 is established at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (University of Washington affiliation).

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at the University of Rochester

You and your school are invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering.

The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. Participants in this program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty member.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University, in conjunction with funding form the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program, is hosting nine week research opportunities for eligible undergraduate students in the Life Sciences. Work will be done in established laboratories, with interaction among scientists and peers.

The Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at UNC-Chapel Hill provides talented undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out an independent research project under the guidance of UNC faculty mentors.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Watson School of Biological Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is designed to provide stimulating hands-on research experience for undergraduate students considering graduate education in biomedical sciences.

The SURF program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research.

Welcome to the National Cancer Institute's Integrative Cancer Biology Program Summer cancer research opportunities for sophomore and junior level college students!

The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research.

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 
This ten-week research program is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine offers college students an exceptional opportunity to carry out original research in a laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions.

UCI's unique Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate diversity students with outstanding academic potential an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects.

The biology faculty at Pepperdine University conducts a summer research program geared specifically to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science or biotechnology.

Undergraduate summer research in Loyola's Department of Microbiology & Immunology
is designed to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students interested in biomedical research.

Rice-Houston AGEP has an exciting summer undergraduate research program that is specifically designed to give hands-on research experience to undergraduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

An internationally recognized center for mammalian genetic research, The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit institution. Here, outstanding students conduct interdisciplinary biomedical research as apprentices in the laboratories of staff scientists.