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UofM Research Opportunity

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

CBS Conservatory Assistant Position

The CBS Conservatory is looking to hire a Conservatory Assistant to begin immediately.​ Conservatory assistantships are available only to students with the positions running for 10 hours per week for $10/hour. CA's are the primary waterers for the Conservatory's vast collection of diverse plant species. Watering is very important, as each plant needs to be watered differently. Assistants also repot plants in the collection, mix up soil mixes, plant seeds for classes and deliver and pick up plant materials.

Invasive Species Research Position

Are you interested in climate change and invasive species research? The Moeller/Tiffin labs are seeking one or two student researchers interested in helping with a project studying current threats posed by new potential invasive species to Minnesota and how those threats may shift with climate change. The student will help to collect data on the distributions of invasive species. They will build species distribution models based on the collected data and projecting those distributions into the future. Experience with using databases and GIS is helpful but not required.

Undergraduate Research Position with Dr. Steve Rice

Microbiology professor studying herpes simplex virus 1, a human DNA virus, is looking for an undergraduate for possible directed research and/or an hourly wage position. Summer research is also a possibility. The project involves genetic and molecular biological analysis of a viral nuclear regulatory protein that modifies the host cell RNA Polymerase II. Qualifications: Strong basic science background, good academic record (3.0 GPA or above), self-motivated, interest in graduate school.

Research Opportunities in Climate Adaptation Summer 2016

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! 

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Kofuji Lab

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.

Work-Study Position in Soil and Fungal Biology

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.

Native Plant Seed Collection and Propagation Experiment

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.