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Undergraduate research

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

Introducing: The Research Communication Series!

Join CBS Undergraduate Research Coordinator Dr. Jacob Moore to discuss best practices for communicating the results of your scientific research to other scientists, summarizing your research into short “elevator pitches”, and writing about the skills you’ve gained on applications for professional schools. This program is great for students preparing for lab meetings, symposiums, networking events, or professional school applications. Register for individual workshops, or for the entire series!

ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

International Student and Scholar Services will host weekly Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups allowing UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities to share their experiences and ideas on topics including friendship and relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, global educational systems, and more.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Ohio University

The deadline to apply for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is February 1, 2018.  

The SURF program allows undergraduate students interested in medicine or biomedical research the opportunity to work in an active research lab under the guidance of a biomedical science faculty member.

University of Georgia Population Biology of Infectious Diseases Summer REU

The Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU Site at the University of Georgia is a nine-week NSF-funded program which provides students from across the country with research experiences at the intersections of quantitative and experimental studies in infectious disease biology.

University of Georgia Summer Undergraduate Biology Education Research Program

The University of Georgia recently announced the fifth year of its Undergraduate Biology Education Research (UBER) REU site program. UBER is a a nine-week, NSF-funded program which involves undergraduates in designing and conducting research on biology teaching and learning with mentorship from faculty in UGA’s Division of Biological Sciences and College of Education.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Fixen Lab

The Fixen lab is working to understand how a photosynthetic bacterium works and how we can get it to work for us by producing energy rich compounds. Students will learn a variety of lab techniques under the supervision of the lab manager and PI and would have the opportunity to take on an independent research project after the first semester. Students will gain experience in molecular biology approaches such as cloning and qPCR and in growing microorganisms using sterile technique under anaerobic conditions. Volunteer, directed research, and UROP options are possible. 

Research Assistant Position at the Minneapolis VA

The Wetlab of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Study at the Minneapolis VA is seeking a research assistant to manage DNA testing in the wetlab.  Candidate will design or use established PCR protocol for gene of interest, take inventory of lab technology and chemicals, and research genetic technology and gene of interest extensively. Ideal candidate should have proficiency and experience with PCR and the multiple variants of the technique. Must also be familiar with the pre- and post-PCR  protocols from lysing the DNA sample to sequencing the amplicon.

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: