One of the great strengths of an undergraduate degree at MSUM in the Biosciences Department is the opportunity to become involved in faculty-mentored research. Many faculty maintain active research that involve undergraduate collaborators. With faculty permission, any student can become involved in research starting in their freshman year. Why get involved in research?
What areas of research are available at MSUM?Sara Anderson and Becky Andres: Population genetics of beesEllen Brisch: Developmental biology, motor protein functionChris Chastain: Molecular genetics of photosynthesis in cornLinda Fuselier: Stream fish ecology, population genetics of mosses and liverworts"Mazz" Marry: Role of the plant cell wall in systemic acquired resistanceDan McEwen: Effect of climate change on ecological dynamics of arctic wetlands Donna Bruns Stockrahm: Population ecology of small mammals, turtles, Canada geeseMark Wallert and Joseph Provost: Mammalian physiology, cancerAlison Wallace: Science teaching methods, plant ecologyKathryn Wise: Microbiology“Bee” Wisenden: Teaching methods in human anatomy, zebra mussel ecologyBrian Wisenden: Behavioral ecology of fish
How do you get involved?Set up an appointment to talk with a faculty member about their research. There is no requirement that you have previous research experience to become involved. It is also not required that you have specific plans such as graduate school or med school etc. Some questions you might want to ask a potential faculty research mentor:
Natasha Smith talks about her experience