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Undergraduate students

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

Innovation through internationalization

Xianyi Xiong receives University award for work on campus internationalization.

Xianyi Xiong

For Xianyi Xiong, looking at the world from multiple perspectives is merely everyday life. The junior, who is studying microbiology and biochemistry, has to interact with classmates, manage schoolwork and live in an American city as a first-generation, foreign-born student from China.

College Health Corps Seeking Vistas


Advance health equity for low-income Minnesotans through partnerships between higher education and communities with VISTA positions on college campuses, at clinics, and in community-based organizations. Increasing access to healthcare, health insurance, emergency food, and/or health education are core components of all CHC VISTA projects, though each position is unique.

Applications Open for MHTA Foundation STEM Scholarships

The Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation (MHTF) is now accepting scholarship applications from Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. MHTF supports diversity in this application and award process. 

Student Group Fundraisers

Minnesota Science Business Association: On Monday, April 8th from 4pm-8pm, students who go to Chipotle and mention our club will have 33% of the sale money go towards helping fund the organization.

Pre-Health Community Connections (PHCC): On Tuesday, April 9, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., students who go to Blaze Pizza and mention the club will have 20% of the sale money go towards helping fund PHCC! 

Major Express

Do you have 15 minutes, an appetite for cookies and lemonade, and a major to decide on? Stop by the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration’s "Major Express"! Meet with a CAPE coach to begin the process of finding a major that fits your interests, strengths, and goals. Use what you discover to prepare for fall registration, and meetings with your academic adviser.

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:

Pre-doctoral Summer School in Quantitative Biology at IFOM, Milan

July 8-19, 2019

In recent years, the concepts and tools of mathematics, physics, statistics and engineering have had a fundamental impact in biological research. Bioinformatics and in general the analysis of genomics data are largely based on statistics. Physical forces have finally been recognized as critical for shaping the behavior of cells. The ability of cells to read the environment and react accordingly via the expression of different classes of genes has been rationalized with the use of elegant mathematical models.