Research is an extremely important component of the undergraduate experience for students in all STEM fields. The goal of the research program is to develop student independence, creativity, and critical thinking. A secondary goal is to broaden the scientific knowledge and laboratory skills of student researchers.
In addition to an undergraduate research training opportunity for students and a required ethics and methods of biological research course, the HHMI program implements a strong seminar program designed to bring students in contact with the broader scientific community.
The Seminar Series is coordinated throughout each grant year with guest speakers scheduled each month to address current issues in bioscience and technology research. HHMI students will invite keynote speakers for presentations during a mini-symposium each semester. The intent of the Seminar Series is to spark interest among students to solidify their intent to pursue scientific careers, provide role models, and introduce new ideas, skills, and techniques.
The Undergraduate Research Training Program is an opportunity for students to take part in a major research project in the course of two and a half academic years. Full-time science majors are eligible to apply. Applications for the Undergraduate Research Training are available online. Selection for the training is made through a competitive process by a committee that reviews a student’s academic achievement, leadership potential, career ambition, letters of recommendation, and presentation during a personal interview.