Tamatha Barbeau, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Coordinator: Pre-Veterinary Program
Coordinator: Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

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Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (P.U.R.E.)
Research Opportunities in the Department of Biology
The Department of Biology at Francis Marion 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. The Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) helps students connect with faculty research mentors, and also give students an opportunity to present their research to their peers in the PURE symposium held at the end of each semester.

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 PURE, the PURE Symposium, and research opportunities, or to contact the PURE coordinator (Dr. Tamatha Barbeau), click the links above!

Here are a few areas of research to consider:

• Animal behavior
Cellular mechanisms of cancer
• Conservation biology

• Ecology and biology of animals and plants
• Ecology of freshwater invetebrates
• Ecology and biology of plants
• Immunology
• Marine ecology

• Microbial ecology and biology
• Molecular genetics
• Molecular biology
• Neurobiology
• Pollen germination
• Reproductive biology of animals
• Tropical ecology and biology

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