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Biology Undergraduates at The U

Undergraduates in the School of Biological Sciences have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research. There are approximately 50 research groups whose interests span the breadth of Biological Sciences from molecular-driven benchwork research to fieldwork in ecology. Many of the SBS faculty began their careers as undergraduate researchers and research experience is the most important criterion for acceptance into most professional schools throughout the world for postgraduate opportunities.

In addition to voluntary and credited research opportunities, there are numerous scholarships and programs that provide financial support for undergraduates doing research in the SBS.


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From micro to macro, the study of life starts here at the School of Biological Sciences



Glove your hands and don your safety glasses. Lab life begins in your first semester. 


Scientific Research Initiative

The Science Research Initiative (SRI) offers every incoming student the opportunity to participate in discovery-based scientific research. Freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students tackle cutting-edge problems in dedicated research streams sponsored by local industries.

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Undergraduate Research

Biology students are encouraged to participate in faculty-sponsored independent research projects. Students participating in research can register for Biol 4955: Independent research, which can be applied to their electives and lab requirements (a maximum of 3 cr and 2 lab units). Independent student research is also the cornerstone of the Biology Department's Honors program.

Biology 4955 Biology 4995 (Honors)







Research Interest Areas

We offer exceptional opportunities to think, work and collaborate across levels of biological organization and styles of research. The links below lead to information about research projects and groups in our areas of special strength.

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Undergraduate Feature: Michael Xiao

Five for Five

Michael Xiao brings home the U's fifth straight Churchill Scholarship.

Five years after the University of Utah became eligible to compete for the prestigious Churchill Scholarship out of the United Kingdom, the university has sported just as many winners. All of them hail from the College of Science, and all were facilitated through the Honors College which actively moves candidates through a process of university endorsement before applications are sent abroad. The effort has obviously paid off.