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Undergraduate students

Here you will find a collection of news, information and updates for College of Biological Sciences undergraduate students.

Community Health Initiative (CHI) Undergraduate Scholarship

The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED) with funding from Medica, supports full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-related career and who show academic promise and financial need. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and must demonstrate maturity, adaptability, and respect for diversity and other cultures. The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship is administered by the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE).

Four GCD Seniors Named to Phi Beta Kappa

Four graduating seniors majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development were welcomed as members of Phi Beta Kappa this year. The graduates named to the society include:

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2020 Teaching Assistant Award Winners Announced

The College recognizes four teaching assistants for their work in the classroom and lab with the 2020 Outstanding TA Award.


The College of Biological Sciences is proud to announce four recipients for its annual Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2020. The award is given to teaching assistants who have shown excellence in teaching or other forms of instruction that enhance the educational experience of students in the College. This year’s recipients are:

2020 GCD Pre-Commencement Celebration Reception

GCD plans to host a Pre-Commencement Reception to celebrate GCD graduates, together with their families, friends and other supporters, just prior to CBS graduation. This year, the department is planning an online celebration, dates and times to be determined soon. GCD faculty are looking forward to seeing you there and celebrating your achievements! Please help make the event a success by submitting the following to make sure that your supporters see slide(s) of you! 

New summer course - Deconstructing Research: Writing about Biological Research for Non-scientists 

Course: BIOL 4321W

Instructor: Dr. Maxwell Kramer

Deconstructing Research is designed for students to improve their skills in selecting primary research papers, understanding the experimental approaches taken by the authors of those papers, and evaluating the results and conclusions. Students will then share their knowledge by writing effective deconstructions that explain the research approaches and results for different audiences. This course will focus on COVID-19. 

CBS Career Team Webinar: My Plans Were Cancelled...Now What?

Did you have plans for job searching, research, volunteering, shadowing, internships, or more during summer 2020 that can no longer take place because of COVID-19? The CBS Career Team ran a 30-minute webinar discussing moving forward and creating a new plan for success this summer.

Support for Pre-Health Students

As the semester comes to an end many of you are getting ready to apply to health professional programs. The CBS Career Team recognizes you all have received a vast amount of information over the last couple of months applicable to several aspects of life, but many of you still have questions about how COVID-19 will affect your application cycle. We have curated a list of resources for you, which we hope will provide you with answers, comfort, and confidence moving forward.

CBS Career Team Webinar: My Plans Were Cancelled...Now What?

Did you have plans for job searching, research, volunteering, shadowing, internships, or more during summer 2020 that can no longer take place because of COVID-19? Join the CBS Career Team for a 30-minute webinar discussing moving forward and creating a new plan for success this summer. The CBS career coaches will also be available for drop-ins in the afternoon following this webinar.

Friday, May 1 | 10:30 - 11 a.m. CT

Join via Zoom - https://umn.zoom.us/j/94068630157

Scientist Buddies on Screen

The College’s InSciEd Out program connects K-12 students with undergraduate mentors online


At this point in the spring semester, undergraduate volunteers with the College’s InSciEd Out program would typically be helping students from classrooms around the Twin Cities prepare poster presentations to share results from the science experiments they had conducted throughout the year. Some of the approximately 2,000 students from 9 schools around the metro that participate in the program each year would be planning a trip to the St.