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Undergraduate research

News and updates regarding undergraduate research at the College of Biological Sciences. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Voytas Lab

Are you a sophomore or junior undergraduate student who is interested in working on projects involving cutting edge genetic engineering and synthetic biology in crop plants?

This position is for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences. While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by no means required. Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) Information Session

Participating in a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a great opportunity to engage in full-time research, investigate an in-depth question of interest, or explore something new. Hundreds of programs exist at universities locally, nationally, or internationally, so there’s something out there for everyone! Join CBS Undergraduate Research Coordinator on November 6 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in MCB 3-104 as we discuss the benefits of these programs, and how to find and apply to programs of interest.

McNair Summer Research Program

The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into graduate school. During the 10 week summer research program, students will: develop relationships with faculty, receive a $3500 stipend, conduct research, develop a quality research paper and poster presentation, and receive guidance through the graduate school process. Applications are due January 28, 2019.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Information Sessions

The U of M Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is now accepting applications for summer 2019.

The application deadline is January 28, 2019. Visit the McNair website for more information or attend a McNair Information Session where staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program and application process and provide feedback on your personal statements.

Research Position in the Li Lab

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a public health crisis. Currently, no effective strategies to prevent or slow AD exist, largely due to the lack of a complete understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to AD pathophysiology.

Ten Thousand Families Undergraduate Research Assistant

The University is conducting a research study of what we hope will become 10,000 Families Study because health, diseases and risk factors can run in families. The study is multigenerational study and will help us understand how genetics and shared habits contribute to health and disease. The goal is to enroll 10,000 Minnesota families with young children, their parents, siblings, and grandparents. 

Position in the Voytas Lab

The laboratory of Dr. Daniel Voytas on the St. Paul campus is currently looking for sophomore or junior undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving cutting edge genetic engineering systems in crop plants. This position is a great opportunity for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences. While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by no means required. Students who are accepted will gain skills in: Molecular cloning, plant rearing and genetic screening, and methods of genetic modification

Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Resources – September 10


Funding and Scholarships

  • Goldwater National Scholarships award $7500 toward undergraduate educational expenses for sophomores and juniors in STEM fields with outstanding academic records and significant research experience who plan to have careers related to research. Deadline for consideration for a campus nomination is November 19, 2018.