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Biology Research


Discover more about the world by doing undergraduate research.

Through research, people have created vaccines, made new water purifications systems, found potential ways to prevent Alzheimer’s and identified distant planets to help us learn about our place in the galaxy. If you want to make new discoveries and further our understanding of life, consider participating in undergraduate research.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is a program funded by National Science Foundation that provides opportunities for you to join research projects each summer. If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll contribute to an on-going project, and work with faculty and fellow students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out. The best part: you'll get a stipend.

Many of these programs have early application deadlines in late January or early February, and some have specific requirements. So get your application ready as soon as possible!

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Our Research

Get a taste of our on-campus projects, as we seek to find out new information and expand on existing knowledge.

A bird on Cat Island

The Birds on Cat Island

Professors Amy Wolf and Bob Howe are working with students to study populations of fish-eating birds in the lower Green Bay area around Cat Island, an area that Howe likens to the “Serengeti of Lake Michigan.”

Our Research On Water Birds
Student does research for Tiny Earth project

Looking Through Dirt

In our Tiny Earth class, taught by Professor Brian Merkel, students studied soil to look for ways to create new antibiotics. They shared their findings on Wisconsin Public Radio.

What Our Students Learned
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A Prehistoric Fish

Professor Patrick Forsythe received $300,000 from the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act to research sturgeons in the Upper Menominee River. He works with students to research how to recover the Menominee River lake sturgeon population.

Research Helps Local Wildlife

Our Facilities

To enrich your research, we have well-equipped laboratories and natural areas like the Cofrin Arboretum and Richter Natural History Museum.

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Still Curious?

Want to know what that weird spider was? See a strange plant? Wondering about fall colors? We can answer any scientific question that pops into your mind!

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