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Charles E. Schmidt College of Science


Undergraduate Research


Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students in Jupiter

Full-time research opportunities await undergraduate students in Jupiter this summer (May 12-August 4, 2014). These are exciting and once-in-a-lifetime chances to perform research in sophisticated neuroscience labs while expanding your scientific expertise, networking, critical thinking skills, reasoning and troubleshooting abilities. Seven labs, including those of Drs. Ken Dawson-Scully, Tanja Godenschwege, Kailiang Jia, Greg Macleod, Rod Murphey and Bob Stackman are each seeking an additional undergraduate student this summer to perform research focused on neuroscience. Please visit our web site www.science.fau.edu/biology/pages/faculty.htm to find if one of these professors’ research interests you. The successful seven undergraduate candidates will work full-­-time in the lab and spend at least one hour per week with the fellow undergrads in the program. Juniors are especially encouraged to apply. In order to submit your application: complete the second and third pages and forward with your CV, personal statement and (unofficial) transcript to Dr. Rod Murphey at rmurphey@fau.edu ASAP.
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The NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) program at Florida Atlantic University aims to increase the diversity of individuals in biological research and to mentor them in preparation for a graduate and academic career. This is a two-year program, during which the student receives financial support and is matched with a mentor from the Biological Sciences Department. Students actively participate in all steps involved in research – from the planning and execution of an experiment, to the analysis and dissemination of the results. The areas of research include: a) Conservation Biology, b) Marine Biology and Behavior, and c) Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; however, we encourage integration among the specializations. Additionally, students may collaborate on their research projects with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Scripps of Florida, the Torrey Pines Institute, the USGS, or nearby state and federal laboratories. Exchanges with other universities also participating in the NSF-URM program may be possible during the summer semesters.

(The NSF-URM Program is no longer accepting applicants-Click for more info)

Directed Independent Study

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Biology Honors Program

Honors Thesis I & II Program in the Department of Biological Sciences The Department of Biological Sciences prepares our undergraduate students for their careers as biologists. Choosing a career path is among the harder decisions in life. We have developed the Honors Thesis Program to help guide you in this process. Whether you are pursuing a professional or academic career, the experience and skills gained while working in a faculty member’s research laboratory are invaluable. The program is designed to allow undergraduates to develop and work on their own research projects while being mentored by one of our faculty members. The classroom component associated with this program is designed to develop student skills in research design, oral and written presentation, and publication.

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Biology majors wanting to receive college credit for intern experience related to their degree program/future career can fill out the Departmental CO-OP Request Form. This form should be filled out and turned in to SC 136 once a student has made working arrangements with their company of interest. Once the information and relevance/appropriateness of the internship is verified by the academic advisor, the advisor will write a letter of support to the Career Development Center on the student’s behalf. Turnover for this type of letter is no less than 48 hours. Contact the Career Development Center regarding COOP hour requirements.







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