In keeping with the vision of the university, our students are encouraged to pursue mentored research as part of their undergraduate education. Mentored research allows students to enhance critical thinking, while applying theory, concepts, and techniques learned in the classroom. These opportunities work to clarify professional goals, prospective career paths, and application to graduate programs.
Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research in a variety of ways. Positions may be paid or eligible for course credit.
Research grants are available through University of Colorado Denver's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Projects are designed around the activities of a faculty member OR designed independently by a student or team of students and sponsored by a faculty member.
Participation in UROP is an intense educational experience that introduces students to the process of research, including writing a proposal, preparing a budget, conducting research, analyzing data, and docmenting the work in a written abstract and presentation. Grant funds can be used to purchase supplies and equipment, travel to field sites, cover lab costs, and pay students a small stipend for the hours invested. Up to 30 awards are available through UROP each year. Details on the application process can be found on the UROP website .
Independent Study (BIOL 3840 or 4840) is a course option designed to allow students to work directly with a faculty member. Undergraduates may obtain up to 6 credit hours of Independent Study, over 2-3 semesters. These credits can be applied as electives in the biology major.
Students who excel in coursework and research may be recognized as Biology Research Scholars or Associates. For program eligibility, students should plan to contact the Research Scholars Advisor no later than their junior year.
To qualify for the Research Scholars Program:
To qualify for the Research Associates Program:
Dr. Chris Phiel
Dr. Laurel Beck