Spring 2010

[News]

Biology Expands Undergrad Research

Students gather mushroom samples on a biology field trip. A new grant will help more students earn a degree in biology.

STUDENTS WHO MAY NEVER have dreamed of studying the sciences will get the chance thanks to an $892,000 grant awarded to Humboldt State by the National Science Foundation. It’s for recruitment and training of under-represented minorities.

“The opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty mentor, on a research project spanning two years, will serve as a springboard for students to pursue careers involving scientific research in biological sciences,” said Professor Matthew Johnson, chair of the Department of Wildlife and member of the Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program in the Biological Sciences.

The program is designed for minority students who are interested in earning a degree in the biological sciences. It will help students develop the tools they need to master their chosen fields, and encourage and prepare them to apply to graduate programs.

Selected students will enter the program this summer and begin two years of course work, including three research projects. Each student will work closely with three different faculty members and will choose a mentor for the duration of the program.

Professor Bruce O’Gara from the Department of Biological Sciences is guiding the effort.

He says, “I’m hoping the students realize that they can do real science, and that they go on and contribute to society by producing some good science.”