Tamatha Barbeau, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

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

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About PURE

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 (Biol 497) 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:
1. Follow the PURE Research link above.
2. See the Research bulletin board oustide of LSF 204.
3. Check out faculty webpages.

Here are a few research areas 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

The P.U.R.E. Symposium (Click link above for more information)
Each semester we host the 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.


PURE Research (Click link above for more information)
Faculty within the Department of Biology post their available undergraduate research opportunities here and also on the bulletin board outside of the Biology office (LSF 204).


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