Undergraduate Program in Biochemistry

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

For many Biochem majors, research is the capstone of their undergraduate experience. That's because the research laboratory is the ultimate classroom. In contrast to laboratories associated with classes, which are intended to illustrate specific topics, research is open-ended. It's not following along with someone else's experiments; it's up to you to figure out how to solve problems. That requires the knowledge that you gain through classes and literature, but it also requires scientific skill and intuition. But you also have fun, working as part of a research team composed of graduate students, senior researchers, and faculty members.

Students often work with professors during the school year, receiving credit for research in a variety of departments. Some examples of current research projects (Spring 2010):

Kelly Harmon, "Functional Impact of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage on Intracerebral Arterioles" (Advisor: Prof. George Wellman, Pharmacology)
Caitlin Russell, "Investigating the Binding of Vasodilator-Stimulated Phosphorportein (VASP) and Arg Non-Receptor Tyrosine Kinase In Vitro and In Vivo" (Advisor: Prof. Alan Howe, Pharmacology)
Franklin Wood, "Development of PACAP Receptor Antagonists for Stress-related Behavioral Disorders" (Advisor: Prof. Matthias Brewer , Chemistry)

Finally, undergraduates can also apply for paid research fellowships during the summer. A reasonably complete list of undergraduate research opportunities, including summer fellowships, can be found here. Biochemistry majors have regularly been successful in obtaining fellowships through the HeLIX program, including David Damby (2007), Ainsley Thurber (2007), Stephanie Jochum (2006), Heather McLaughlin (2006), Shawna Guillemette (2005), Nate Mahany (2005), and Nate Ward (2005). Other opportunities include the URECA! Program, funded through the Provost's office, and the APLE Program, funded through the College of Arts and Sciences. HeLIX, URECA!, and APLE also help fund research projects during the academic year.

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