Our department conducts research in cutting edge areas of science in developmental/cell biology, neurophysiology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, ecology, and molecular biology. With our emphasis on student-focused learning, we pride ourselves on the ability of our faculty to provide our students with individualized attention. Our faculty will be in labs, teaching you, because that's where student-focused learning is best achieved.
Faculty will encourage and challenge you in your lab classes—where the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1— allowing them to be directly involved in your learning experience. Opportunities will be abundant, and you'll learn science as science is practiced.
- Find out that Biology Matters by taking BIOL 3, a 1 credit seminar course to introduce you to biological and biomedical research paths. A series of guest speakers are invited to share their career paths with students along with an informal question and answer exchange.
- Earn while learning as a research assistant working in a faculty lab or as a teaching assistant in an undergraduate course. Yes, you actually get paid! Either ask in the general office (LS 109) in Wehr Life Sciences or speak directly with faculty or your advisor about possible opportunities.
- Conduct an independent research project when you are a junior. Work with a mentor of your choice in one of our 19 labs to create a program tailored to your interest.
- As a sophomore or junior, apply to the Summer Research Program where you direct your own research project for 10 weeks and be paid a stipend. You'll participate in journal clubs, career and bioethics workshops. At the end of the program you will present your work at a symposium and poster session along with other departments and universities. It is not all work—there are baseball games, ice cream socials and festivals in the Milwaukee area.
- As a junior or senior, conduct an independent research project (BIOL 4995). Receive three credits while doing an experimental analysis of a selected topic under faculty supervision. There are 20 faculty labs from which to become involved in planning experiments and gain training in proposal writing.