UA-HHMI Undergraduate Researcher Program
The program starts off with a spring seminar course, "Great Discoveries in Science," in which students are encouraged to question critically as they learn how to read the primary literature. In the seminar students learn about the process of science, ethical issues in research, importance of collaboration in the growth of knowledge, laboratory safety, and the diversity of scientists that have made major contributions.
Great Discoveries in Science Seminar
During the summer students conduct independent laboratory research under the mentorship of UA faculty from the departments of Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering and visit research centers and field stations to gain an appreciation for the vast range of ways science is done. In a spirit of collaboration, weekly discussions allow undergraduate researchers to engage each other and their mentors as they discuss their work and share the challenges of research.
Spring Seminar, "Great Discoveries in Science" starts January 28, 2013 at The University of Alabama, SEC Rm 2436
2013 UA-HHMI Undergraduate Researchers
Summer Research Program,
Opening Ceremony: Monday, June 3rd, at 9:00AM in SEC 2436
Laboratory Safety Training: Monday, June 3rd, from 1:00-3:00PM in SEC 2436.
Weekly Discussions: Each Friday 2:30-4:00 PM.
2013 Lab Crawl
2013 Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology trip
Closing Ceremony: Friday, August 2nd, noon-2:30PM
in Alabama Museum of Natural History. Poster Presentations.
Undergraduate Researchers 2013
Dr. Jane Rasco working with her 2013 UA-HHMI Undergraduate Researchers -
Luckie Milad &
2013 UA-HHMI Undergraduate Researcher,
Samanta Mukkamala, discusses research with UA President, Dr. Judy Bonner
2012 UA-HHMI Undergraduate Researchers & Mentors
2012 UA-HHMI Research Projects
2012 Summer Program, Discussions and Activities
2012 Lab Crawl
2012 Tools of the Trade
2011 UA-HHMI Undergraduate Researchers and Mentors
2011 UA-HHMI Undergraduate Researchers Research Projects
2011 Activities and Outreach
2011 Weekly Discussions
Then during the academic year, students interact with visiting scientists, learning about their route into scientific careers, exploring what drives the scientist to seek answers to questions, and delving into the meaning of scientific discovery.
Dr. Blaise Boles. University of Michigan (1997 University of Iowa - HHMI Undergraduate Researcher) "Elicidating factors contributing to Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization" June 17, 2011 3PM.
Dr. E.O. Wilson. Harvard University (B.S. & M.S. The University of Alabama) "The Social Conquest of Earth" September 11, 2012 7:30PM in Sellers Auditorium (Bryant Conference Center)
Dr. Joyce Longcore. University of Maine. "Bd - Ten Years Later. What Have We Learned?" April 4, 2013 4:00 PM Shelby Hall Rm 1083
Professional development and communication are enhanced through research poster presentations, the opportunity to present research at national meetings, and early publication of research articles in the undergraduate research journal JOSHUA (Journal of Science and Health at the University of Alabama).