Research opportunities and independent research courses
Faculty accepting undergraduate researchers
- Raymond Barbehenn - nutritional ecology of caterpillars. Answering the question: "why does protein become so hard to digest from the mature leaves of some trees but not others?"
- Robyn Burnham - species distributions of tropical climbers; short-term experiments on rooting, germination, and twining of climbers species; characteristics of dominant species of Amazonian climbers that may lead to their dominance over other species.
- Thomas Duda - molecular and/or morphological studies of molluscs to address questions concerning their ecology and evolutionary history.
- L. Lacey Knowles - projects that use genetic tools to test how current and past landscape features, as well as climatic changes, impact species divergence and biodiversity patterns.
- Barry OConnor - systematics of mites associated with vertebrates and insects.
- Lauren Sallan - examining large-scale trends and major events in the evolution of fishes and the earliest vertebrates.
- Stephen Smith - biogeography of plants, bioinformatics related to phylogenetics, and genomics and phylogenetics.
- Elizabeth Tibbetts - multiple aspects of animal behavior, including mate choice, cognition, parental care, and communication.
UROP creates research partnerships between first and second year students and University of Michigan faculty. All schools and colleges of the University of Michigan are active participants in UROP, thereby providing a wealth of research topics from which a student can choose. Begun in 1989 with 14 student/faculty partnerships the program continues to grow, offering more first and second year students the opportunity to be part of an exciting research community. Today, approximately 1300 students and over 800 faculty researchers are engaged in research partnerships.
Undergraduates conducting research in the laboratories of EEB faculty members may apply for a one-time grant of up to $250 for travel to a conference at which the student presents a paper or a poster.