Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

2019 MicroSURP trainees

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers opportunities for undergraduate students to gain research experience. These are designed to help students with a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in microbiology and related biomedical sciences to gain a better understanding of what is expected in a PhD program and strengthen their application for such a program. Many of our faculty have mentored undergraduates from local universities in a research project and hosted them in their lab. These arrangements are highly individualized and can be as short as a summer and as long as several years. Interested students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members. In addition, The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program, described below. Students spend 10 weeks working in laboratories of faculty mentors where they work side by side with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program also includes multiple enrichment activities, such as lunchtime seminars, research discussions, and field trips to research facilities, including the Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research.