Here you will find University of Minnesota research opportunities for College of Biological Sciences undergraduate students.
Interested in gaining hands-on research experience in plant ecology and evolution? Want to learn more about biological field research? Thinking about graduate school? Apply to be an undergraduate research assistant volunteer for summer 2016!
Dr. Paulo Kofuji is looking for students interested in researching in his lab to assist in the investigation of the role of clock genes in light-induced depression in mice. Applicants should have some background in neuroscience, an interest in research and have strong critical thinking skills. Students will work 10-12 hours in this position. Interested applicants can email their application documents to Dr.
The Bushley Lab is seeking an undergraduate work-study student to work on a project investigating soil fungi and bacteria associated with the Soybean Cyst Nematode in Minnesota. Work as part of a research team focused on identifying microorganisms that could serve as biocontrol organisms or produce bio-insecticides. Gain experience working with soil biology, microorganisms, DNA extractions, PCR, and nematode biology to solve a key agricultural problem in Minnesota.
There are student research positions open at the Biological Sciences Conservatory on the St. Paul campus. First, the lab will collect seed and plants from areas that will be under construction. They will transplant plants and collect seed from six endangered species. The next student will experiment with methods of propagation including warm and cold stratification techniques for both this vegetative and seed material. The research aims to propagate new populations of plants to transplant in disturbed areas in the future.
The Knights Lab is offering opportunities for research volunteers to assist in various laboratory duties and data collection. The research is related to identifying biomarkers from the human microbiome for gastrointestinal disease and designing novel therapeutic intervention techniques. The duties of the volunteers will be with preparing Next Generation Sequencing data collection kits, making solutions for RNA and DNA extraction, collecting them and storing them for sequencing.
The Nakagawa Lab has an open position for undergraduates interested in taking part in research. This particular project includes using mouse genetics to determine how a single neural stem/progenitor cells divide and produce a variety of neurons during development. CBS students majoring in neuroscience or genetics, cell biology and development who want intensive research experience are encouraged to apply for this position. This role will work at least 10 hours per week. Interested candidates should send a résumé and short personal statement to Dr.
Do you want to do research in biology, but cannot commit to many hours? Consider doing directed research in plant immunity gene discovery with Dr. Fumi Katagiri this spring 2016 semester.
The Cavender-Bares lab (CBS) has several opportunities for undergraduate work study or research volunteers to assist on plant ecophysiology and remote sensing of biodiversity projects. Student research assistants are needed to work on research related to tree vulnerability to drought, quantifying plant functional traits, and leaf pigmentation and spectral analyses. This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills in data collection and method development in the lab, greenhouse, and field, and explore concepts underpinning plant ecology.
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, etc. Depending upon the student there are also opportunities to become involved with specific projects within our general theme of hepatic and muscle energy/lipid metabolism and their relationship to metabolic diseases (Type 2 Diabetes, NAFLD, etc.).