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Undergraduate research

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

Think Like a Researcher Spring Workshops

The Think like a Researcher workshop series scheduled for spring semester is designed to help undergraduate students from across the University become comfortable with research skills and tools.

Workshop topics include:

  1. Benefits and Challenges of Research; Finding Faculty Mentors
  2. Finding Scholarly Literature; Data Management Basics
  3. Writing Proposals; Designing Posters; Applying for Funding

How it Works:

Growing Up STEM Summer Research Opportunity

This summer REU in discipline-based education at North Dakota State University is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level. Students work in a cohort of undergraduate scholars over a 10-week period during the summer and are immersed in hands-on research experiences in discipline-based education research. Students are housed on-campus and earn a $5000 stipend.

Translational Ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is now accepting applications for its summer 2018 REU program in "Translational Ecology". This NSF-funded program emphasizes the community nature of the scientific enterprise, fosters reflection and builds self confidence and skills. To complement their mentored research, students have many chances to interact, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around the theme of translational ecology.

Santa Fe Institute Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a 10-week summer internship in which students develop innovative research projects in collaboration with an SFI mentor.

The program asks students to discard traditional disciplinary boundaries, and combine concepts and tools from the physical, natural, and social sciences. This allows students to ask big questions about real-world complex systems using the rigorous methods employed at the Santa Fe Institute.

Regenerative Medicine Summer Paid Internship Opportunities 

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.

Summer Neurosurgery Research Opportunity at the University of Washington

The UW Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program offers “Bench to Bedside” exposure in the field of neurosciences. This 8-week program provides students the opportunity to explore basic and clinical neurosciences, and includes placement in a neuroscience lab, Faculty and Surgery Grand Round Lectures, and an OR Observation. A $3,200 stipend is provided, as well as housing support for out of state students. Students must be US citizens or permanent resident, with a minimum GPA of 3.2. The deadline to apply is January 2, 2018 at 7pm CST.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity with the Hayden Lab

The Hayden Lab studies how our decision-making hardware (our brains) compare different options and chooses the most rewarding ones. We record the activity of single neurons during real choices in order to parcel out the contributions of frontal lobe structures to reward-based choices. More information about the work of the Hayden Lab can be found at haydenlab.com.

2018 Quantitative Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (QSURE) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Program Overview

QSURE internship program is designed for exceptional undergraduate students with an aptitude in quantitative sciences and an interest in cancer and population health.  Students will participate in an individual research program and receive exposure to methods in biostatistics, epidemiology and health outcomes research.

Program Goal

Impact of CBS Scholarships

Scholarships offer our students the chance to take advantage of opportunities to prepare them for their future. Hear from CBS undergraduates how receiving impacted them. 

 

Undergraduate Research Opportunity: The Mono Project

The Mono Project, part of the University of Minnesota Clinical Virology Lab, is dedicated to learning how Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) causes disease and developing a vaccine against it. Currently, the Mono Project is looking for undergraduate student volunteers that are passionate about public health, vaccine development, and clinical research. More information about the research conducted by the Mono Project can be found at z.umn.edu/ebvdiseases.