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
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
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
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:
mechanisms of cancer
Ecology and biology of animals and plants
Ecology of freshwater invetebrates
Ecology and biology of plants
Microbial ecology and biology
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.
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
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