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Here you will find volunteer opportunities for College of Biological Sciences faculty, staff and students.

HandsOn Twin Cities Volunteer Expo

Join HandsOn Twin Cities and 65+ organizations who will showcase thousands of volunteer opportunities held at Mall of America on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Individuals, families, youth and groups seeking volunteer ideas, or team-building activities for their teams are encouraged to come.

Organizations at the Expo focus on a variety of community concerns, including youth and families, education, seniors, health and wellness, animals, environmental initiatives and basic needs such as food, housing, transportation and jobs.

Volunteers Needed for STEM Academy Event

The Association for Multicultural Scientists is hosting the annual STEM Academy for kids (ages 8-12) this May, and need many volunteers to make the event  possible. We need people who are able to help with set-up, sign-in, lunch, and cleanup, as well as run stations with activities.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy

Saturday May 7, 2016; 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Great Hall, Coffman

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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! 

College Launches New Alumni Mentor Program

Twenty-two undergraduates matched with CBS alumni mentors in a variety of fields.

An alumni mentor program designed to connect current CBS undergraduates with alumni working in a range of fields launched earlier this month. The program, led by Tannica Jacobsen (CBS Advancement) and Rebecca Dordel (Student Services), is designed to offer students an opportunity to connect with alumni working in fields of interest in the Twin Cities. Participants are expected to meet several times over the course of the program, which concludes in April.

Undergraduate Volunteer Research Position in the Borer/Seabloom Lab


  • Completion of Foundations Biology 2001 and 2002
  • Demonstrate understanding of molecular biology procedures (e.g. gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction and quantification, and PCR)
  • Demonstrated ability to execute tasks efficiently
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively communicate
  • Attention to detail and work alone or with a team
  • A commitment of at least 9-10 hours per week

Preferred skills: