Biological Chemistry Summer Research Program

The program is designed to expose undergraduate students to advanced scientific research as well as to topics at the interface of chemistry and biology. The program is constructed such that each research project has two advisors – one from the Chemistry Department and one from the Biology Department. Each project will typically have at least two undergraduate researchers working on different aspects of the project.


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Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program

The program is designed to expose undergraduate students to advanced scientific research as well as to topics at the interface of chemistry and biology.  The program is constructed such that each research project has two advisors – one from the Chemistry Department and one from the Biology Department.  Each project will typically have at least two undergraduate researchers working on different aspects of the project.

This effort is an extension of the current track in Biological Chemistry in the MS degree in Biology and provides a platform for identifying and recruiting students into that track, as well as creating interdisciplinary training opportunities for students seeking employment after completing an undergraduate degree.  Such students will be extended a degree of flexibility in choosing elective courses so that they can enroll in a mix of courses from biology and chemistry.

In an effort to maximize the experience, student participants are expected to work 25-30 hours per week on their designated research project.  As a result, participants should not be enrolled in more than one summer course.  Students will also be required to turn in a report to the Merck/AAAS foundation to document their activities.  Participation in the UWF Student Scholars Symposium is strongly encouraged.

2014 Participants

Young Baek

Aliya Chaudhry

Rebecca Kammerman

Marni McDade

Zachary Whitescarver

Tashiema Wilson