Coordinator: Dr. Tamatha R. Barbeau

     The Department of Biology at FMU strongly

encourages student participation in research

activities. We offer many opportunities for under-

graduates to assist in faculty research or develop

their own independent research projects. Students

can earn academic credit through Special Studies

and Honors Independent Study courses.


Why participate in this program?

     Research experience benefits YOU by enhancing your collegiate learning experience, building your resume, introducing you to the methodology of modern science, and teaching you how scientists apply classroom concepts in practical real-world investigations. It also gives you the opportunity to build a relationship with a professor you admire which provides the basis for great letters of recommendation. Perhaps most importantly, it helps you decide whether biology is truly the best career choice for you.

What types of research are being done here?

     The faculty in the Department of Biology conduct research in many aspects of biological science. For more information about what individual faculty members are working on, check their webpages. Here are a few to consider:

  1. BulletField studies of animals and plants

  2. BulletConservation biology

  3. BulletCell and molecular biology

  4. BulletCellular basis of cancer

  5. BulletImmunology and microbiology

  6. BulletMolecular genetics

  7. BulletPollen germination

  8. BulletReproductive biology of animals

  9. BulletMicrobial ecology

The P.U.R.E. Symposium

     Each semester we host a P.U.R.E. symposium on campus, where motivated student researchers can present their results. Participation in this symposium is optional, but strongly encouraged. Fellow students and faculty attend the symposium to learn more about the various ongoing research projects in the department. It also provides a great opportunity to give a scientific presenta-tion (which also goes on your resume), become more comfortable with speaking professionally  in a public setting, and explain with confidence the results of your scientific work.

More information

     If you have more questions about engaging in a research project, please check out the P.U.R.E. Faq or contact the program coordinator. Your advisor should also be able to answer any questions you might have about getting started on the exciting journey that is the undergraduate research project.

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