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Undergraduate research

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

Fall 2020 CBS Pre-Health Opportunities Fair

Meet with programs and organizations as you prepare for the next step in pursuing a career in medicine on November 5.

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Connect with representatives from local and on-campus organizations at the Fall 2020 CBS Pre-Health Opportunities Fair.

Blending Science and Public Policy

Three CBS students learn the ropes of science-based public policy with the Freshwater Society


When you think of someone pursuing public policy, you might conjure up an image of a political science or public affairs student. CBS alumna Katherine Himes, however, wants to bring scientists into this notion. 

Upcoming seminar with Field Guides

Field Guides — a new student-led mentoring program in the College of Biological Sciences provides mentoring and professional development for undergrads in ecology-related fields.

Field Guides - seminars and mentorship for undergraduates interested in ecology and related fields

New mentoring program for undergrads

Field Guides - seminars and mentorship for undergraduates interested in ecology and related fields

CBS graduate students are excited to announce Field Guides — a new student-led mentoring program in the College of Biological Sciences. The program provides two types of opportunities for undergraduate students:

Independent study to conduct discipline based education research

The Lane research group is looking for 1-2 undergraduate student(s) to engage in an independent study in the Fall 2020 semester conducting discipline based education research. The number of hours/credits is flexible. Because of the topic of the work, this research would be ideal for a student who is considering applying for life science graduate programs in the United States during the next 1-2 years; however, this is not a requirement and may be of broad interest to students who want to learn qualitative research skills. The student(s) would be directly mentored by Dr.

Join the Mashek laboratory

The Mashek laboratory is seeking several undergraduate students to help with a wide range of projects involving either Drosophila melanogaster or mouse models to dissect out novel dietary and genetic interventions to alter lifespan and aging-related diseases, or advanced microscopy approaches to study organelle interactions. Students that could start this semester and stay through the summer are preferred.

Work in the Voytas Lab

Dr. Daniel Voytas Lab is seeking a sophomore or junior undergraduate to join the lab. This position is for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences. 

Projects involve cutting edge genetic engineering, virology and synthetic biology in crop plants. Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

Undergraduate positions available in the Costa lab

Dr. Kyle Costa’s lab is looking for highly motivated undergraduates with an interest in environmental microbiology and molecular biology. Our lab studies the metabolism and physiology of methanogenic Archaea: the major producers of methane gas on Earth. Current projects include 1) developing genetic tools for the study of methanogens, 2) characterizing the metabolic basis of biofilm formation in methanogens, and 3) genetic analysis of energy metabolism.

Facilitating fitness

After her research showed barriers to participation for Somali women, CBS student Fahima Osman successfully campaigned for women-only workout spaces on campus.

Fahima Osman outside RecWell