Undergraduate students in the Department of Biology are highly encouraged to participate in research projects and opportunities abound! Involvement in research provides a different type of training than experiences in the classroom. These opportunities can be important in defining future career goals and in pursuing certain career tracks or advanced education. Undergraduate research can be on a volunteer basis or to earn credit towards a degree by registering for Biology 4905. If you are interested in undergraduate research:
- Identify potential faculty members who do research in areas that are interesting to you and appropriate to your background. Look through research with
- Dr. Aimee Dunlap: evolution of cognition, foraging, behavioral ecology
- Dr. Charles Granger: science education
- Dr. Robert Marquis: Evolutionary ecology, plant-herbivore interactions
- Dr. Wendy Olivas: molecular biology
- Dr. Robert Ricklefs: evolutionary ecology
- Dr. Bethany Zolman: plant genetics and cell biology
- And other faculty
- Make contact with the faculty member of your choice. Describe your background and future plans. Ask about available positions. Be sure to mention why you picked this lab.
- If the first option doesn't work out, try again - we have lots of labs in the department with lots of projects. Keep in mind, labs may be full, so plan ahead - if you are interested in doing research in a specific semester or over the summer, especially for credit, ask early.
Biology undergraduates Melanie Kunkel and Elyse Coffey at a field site in the Ozarks.