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UofM Research Opportunity

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

Undergraduate positions available in the Costa lab

Dr. Kyle Costa’s lab is looking for highly motivated undergraduates with an interest in environmental microbiology and molecular biology. Our lab studies the metabolism and physiology of methanogenic Archaea: the major producers of methane gas on Earth. Current projects include 1) developing genetic tools for the study of methanogens, 2) characterizing the metabolic basis of biofilm formation in methanogens, and 3) genetic analysis of energy metabolism.

Work with the Voytas Lab

Dr. Daniel Voytas Lab is seeking sophomore or junior undergraduate students to join the lab. The projects will include 1) developing new genome editing technologies and 2) engineering photosynthesis to improve yield and abiotic stress tolerance in C3 plants. This position is for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences.

Work with the Voytas Lab

Dr. Daniel Voytas Lab is seeking sophomore or junior undergraduate students to join the lab. The projects will include 1) developing new genome editing technologies and 2) engineering photosynthesis to improve yield and abiotic stress tolerance in C3 plants. This position is for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences.

Join Mike Smanski's Bioengineering Lab

Dr. Mike Smanski's lab is seeking highly motivated undergraduates to work in the exciting field of bioengineering and synthetic biology. We are looking for students who are passionate about basic and translational science, and who want to make an impact in human disease vector control and agricultural pest control. Experience in research is not necessary. Students will work and learn by closely collaborating with Post-docs and graduate students in the lab.

Join Ben Hayden's Neuroscience Lab

Join a neuroeconomics and decision making lab this fall and work with Dr. Ben Hayden. The lab is looking for motivated undergraduates to fill some volunteer research assistant positions starting. They are looking for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. About 6-10 hours per week. For more information, visit the lab website.

Research Opportunity in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

The Balfour Lab is recruiting incoming sophomores to volunteer in its research lab. The lab is looking for individuals that are passionate about public health, virology, vaccine development, infectious disease and clinical research. Experience in clinical or research labs is preferred. 

Hiring: Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant (Spring 2019)

An opportunity to work in the field of plant genetics in the lab of Dr. Robert Stupar, Department of Agronomy and Plant genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. Majority of the work will be based out of lab as well as greenhouses. The successful candidate will work on following tasks:

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:

REU in the Borer/Seabloom Laboratory

What is the project?
The successful applicant will join a team that is studying the community ecology of disease. The team will be conducting lab and/or field experiments using a model plant-aphid-virus system. Broadly, the team is asking how ecological factors influence the transmission of disease and the resulting communities of pathogens. Ecological factors of interest include the fertilization and diversity of plants, the abundance and diversity of aphid vectors, and potential interactions among viruses within infected hosts.

The REU position will include training in: