Research Opportunities

Laboratory research is an essential part of the Biophysics undergraduate experience. The University of Michigan is one of the largest research universities in the world and with nearly 50 faculty members to choose from, so many interesting and exciting Biophysics research projects await the curious student. Doing these projects not only enhances your curriculum, but will establish your ability to undertake the kind of research expected by most graduate programs as well as greatly increasing your chances of getting into top graduate programs and medical schools.

Research opportunities within the Biophysics program can be done in a variety of ways.

U-M Undergraduate Student Opportunities +

1.  Biophysics 399 (1-4 credits)

At least 2 credits are required for the Biophysics major. Students wishing to do research in a laboratory outside the department must identify a Biophysics faculty co-sponsor who will serve as your 'instructor' point of contact within the program. When you enroll in 399, you will be enrolled under your Biophysics co-sponsor's section. Your actual research PI will be responsible for corresponding with the Biophysics faculty co-sponsor about your progress and your final grade.   

Each credit is equivalent to at least four hours a week of actual work for a 14 week term (minimum 50 hours per term-credit hour). You should give yourself enough time to consult with faculty regarding how many credit hours you should take.

All students are required to take some sort of lab safety training.  This can be done by watching a safety video in the Science Learning Center (1720 Chem) or by taking a class offered by OSEH. Please consult your faculty research advisor for specific instructions.

All students must submit a lab report/summary (1-2 pages) both to their research advisor and to the department by the last day of exams unless required earlier by their research advisor.

The following Biophysics faculty have lab openings for undergraduate students in SPR/SUMMER or FALL 2014 (please email the faculty member for more information).  If you want to work in a specific faculty member's lab and do not see them listed below, you are still encouraged to email them with an inquiry!

Charles Brooks, III

Magdalena Ivanova (Neurology)

Tom Kerppola

Bruce Palfey

Sarah Veatch

Kevin Wood

Qiong Yang

 

2.  As a paid research assistant

3.  Through the university's Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) program
     (Biophysics UROP course: BIOPHYS 280)

4.  As a summer REU student at another research institution

Biophysics REU Program for External Students +

Research Opportunities Outside the U-M +