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Undergraduate research

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

CBSelfie with Adam Kostanecki

This to-be senior and Plant and Microbial Biology major has a passion for understanding the interplay between plants and their environment.

Adam Kostanecki

Your year and major?
I am a senior in CBS studying Plant and Microbial Biology.

Hiring: Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant (Spring 2019)

An opportunity to work in the field of plant genetics in the lab of Dr. Robert Stupar, Department of Agronomy and Plant genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. Majority of the work will be based out of lab as well as greenhouses. The successful candidate will work on following tasks:

Hiring: BSL-3 Program Undergraduate Worker

Hiring: BSL-3 Program Undergraduate Worker

Are you interested in gaining biocontainment experience?

The Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Program is hiring an undergraduate student to support routine tasks within biocontainment research facilities on campus.

Master of Science Opportunity, University of Winnipeg Vector Biology Laboratory

University of Winnipeg  Associate Professor Dr. Robert Anderson is looking to recruit a MSc student recently graduated or graduating this year with a BSc degree, biology and honour’s preferred but not necessary if course and work experience fill in. This opportunity is to conduct research in applied medical entomology including species surveys for mosquitoes in Manitoba and evaluation of new approaches to adult mosquito control. The opportunity will involve a mix of laboratory and field work under a variety of weather conditions (non-winter).

Hiring: Undergrad Field and Lab Assistants

Hiring: Undergrad Field and Lab Assistants
Parasitic Wasp Biological Control Lab
Department of Entomology, UMN - St. Paul

Job duties: Assist with lab and field research on soybean aphid parasitoids, counting insects, processing samples, maintaining greenhouse plants and aphid colonies, and cleanup and dishes.

Required Qualifications: Willingness to work outdoors under difficult summer conditions, pay attention to detail, and follow directions. Physical ability to walk and crouch in crop fields, and handle tiny, delicate insect samples.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Hunter Lab

The Hunter Lab (Department of Microbiology and Immunology) is looking for sophomore or junior undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving microbial genetics, proteomics, mouse infection models, primary cell culture, and anaerobic bacterial culture to study the microbial ecology of chronic respiratory disease.

While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by not required. Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

REU in the Borer/Seabloom Laboratory

What is the project?
The successful applicant will join a team that is studying the community ecology of disease. The team will be conducting lab and/or field experiments using a model plant-aphid-virus system. Broadly, the team is asking how ecological factors influence the transmission of disease and the resulting communities of pathogens. Ecological factors of interest include the fertilization and diversity of plants, the abundance and diversity of aphid vectors, and potential interactions among viruses within infected hosts.

The REU position will include training in:

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Voytas Lab

Arjun Khakhar, a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Daniel Voytas, is looking for sophomore or junior undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving cutting edge genetic engineering, virology 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: