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Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

 

Discover research opportunities

C2B2 Lab 190(web).jpgA number of labs within the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building hire undergraduates for research work. In fact, about 20 percent of the researchers in the building are undergraduates. Working in a lab will give you experience that you can't get in a classroom and may help you become a published author on a scientific paper or find a new career path:

 

 

Here are steps you can take to find a research position in a BioFrontiers lab:

  • Take a look at our four research areas to narrow down your research interests.
  • Find the faculty researchers that do work in the research area that interests you.
  • Visit the lab websites of these faculty members to see whether or not they are hiring students at this time.
  • If they don't indicate that they are hiring, contact faculty members via email and explain your interest in their research and how it will help you achieve your academic goals.

 

 

Create your network

iGemTeamThe BioFrontiers Science Alliance is open to undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers across the CU-Boulder campus. This group fosters interdisciplinary research by highlighting new projects in their “Science Shorts” seminar series. The Science Alliance also initiated a seed grant program to support young researchers in collaborative research of their own.

CU Cafe is a student-run seminar series that focuses on inspiring students from underrepresented backgrounds to be successful academics. This group highlights minority scholars to serve as role models to members of the campus community, and to provide guidance and professional opportunities to the students of CU-Boulder and the surrounding community.

The CU Biotech Club combines students from business, engineering and the life sciences who are interested in pursuing business opportunities in the biotechnology industry. Sponsored by the BioFrontiers Institute and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, the CU Biotech Club offers networking, mentorships and internships with local the Colorado biotech industry.

CU-Boulder has competed in the International Genetically Engineering Machine, or iGEM, events at the international level since 2012. Led by BioFrontiers faculty member, Robin Dowell, the undergraduate team is advised by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members. Their home lab is in the Jenny Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building.

BioFrontiers works with the Biological Sciences Initiative to place and fund undergraduate student research.

 

Supporting diversity in science

HubertYinw/PostdocThe BioFrontiers Institute offers many different research opportunities for undergraduates, including:

BioFrontiers also works with the Colorado Diversity Initiative's SMART program to place and fund undergraduate research of underrepresented minority students over the summer. Check their website for more information.

Many of our faculty also participate in the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and HHMI's EXROP program.

The Colorado Advantage Program is intended to introduce college seniors interested in graduate school (PhD) to the outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) doctoral programs at CU-Boulder. The Colorado Advantage Program has a Graduate Preview Weekend each fall.

CU Cafe is a student-run seminar series that focuses on inspiring students from underrepresented backgrounds to be successful academics. This group highlights minority scholars to serve as role models to members of the campus community, and to provide guidance and professional opportunities to the students of CU-Boulder and the surrounding community.