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UofM Research Opportunity

Here you will find University of Minnesota research opportunities for College of Biological Sciences undergraduate students.

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. 

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.

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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Mashek Lab

The Mashek lab is seeking several undergraduate students to help with general laboratory duties and to assist in various ongoing projects.  These duties include, but are not limited to: making solutions, RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, real-time PCR, protein assays, Western blotting, cell culture, mouse genotyping, etc.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Sobeck Lab

The Sobeck laboratory aims at analyzing the roles of proteins called "tumor suppressors". These proteins play crucial roles in our cells to prevent cancer susceptibility by protecting our cells' chromosomes from accumulating damage. We are focused on the members of the so-called Fanconi Anemia (FA) pathway that are involved in a number of childhood cancers. Currently we have an exciting project that explores a new role for the FA pathway in telomere maintenance.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Mathematical Ecology

Biological research is increasingly being driven by the need for a mathematical underpinning. In ecology, many questions involve study over large spatial and/or temporal scale, which can be challenging for financial and logistical reasons.

Mathematical and computational models provide a powerful complement to empirical approaches and can both increase understanding of complex ecological phenomena and inform decision-making.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Titus Lab

The Titus Lab studies the structure and function of unconventional myosin motors and how they function in cells during cell migration, cell adhesion, development and filopodia formation. Students will learn a variety of lab techniques during the first semester and have the potential to work on an independent project after the first semester. Volunteer and directed research opportunities available. Undergraduate researchers are expected to work 6-8 hours per week.

Directed​ ​research​ ​opportunities​ ​in plant​ ​evolutionary​ ​ecology fall 2017

Interested in gaining research experience? Need directed research credits to graduate? Apply for a directed research position in the Moeller Lab!

Seeking​ ​directed​ ​research​ ​students​ ​to​ ​work​ ​8-10​ ​hours​ ​per​ ​week​ ​during​ ​Fall​ ​2017. The Moeller Lab seeks motivated undergraduate(s) for directed research position(s) for Fall 2017, potentially extending to Spring 2018. This position will involve training in multiple aspects of plant evolutionary ecology, with potential for independent student-led projects after the first semester.

Cotner Lab Hiring

The Cotner Lab is currently hiring undergraduates to join its research efforts. The lab focuses on bioliteracy from a range of perspectives, including STEM equity, active learning, teaching assistant (TA) training, and course-based research experiences (CUREs). If you're interested in applying, send Dr.