Department of Biology

Biotechnology


Internships

What types of internship opportunities do you have available?
Why are internship programs important to the program?
What type of equipment do students use in their laboratory courses?
What student research opportunities are available?
Do students and faculty work together on research projects?
Do students present research findings at national conferences?
Have students in the Biology Department had work published recently?

What types of internship opportunities do you have available?
Nearly half of students in the Biology program are involved in practical learning experiences on- and off-campus through internships, research projects, and other hands-on activities. On-campus teaching internships are available every semester to upper-level biology majors for credit.

Off-campus internships are available to upper division biology majors. Students are offered internships at several of the local life science industries in the St. Joseph area, including Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and Phoenix Scientific.

Why are internship programs important to the program? Experience in the field is beneficial to each student’s education. Internships provide students with a valuable hands-on experience that is difficult to duplicate in the classroom.

What labs do students use in their courses? The department laboratories are state-of-the-art. Along with the basic equipment, the department labs have the capabilities to perform molecular cloning, DNA amplification, DNA sequencing and microarray analysis experiments.

In addition, every classroom room is a “smart room,” fully equipped with up-to-date technology for presentations and lecture.

What student research opportunities are available? A variety of faculty-sponsored student research opportunities exists within the department due to the wide range of faculty expertise and willingness of faculty to explore new areas. The general research areas span molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological as well as science education. The mission of the department is to provide a collaborative learning environment in which students and faculty can apply their biological exploration and discovery experiences as professionals and as informed citizens.

Recent student research projects include Anti-Tumor Drugs that Bind DNA, Effects of Heavy Metal Poison on Brain Development, Molecular Genetic Analysis of Natural Populations, and Using Zebrafish Gene Expression to Assess Water Quality.

Do students and faculty work together on research projects? All of our graduates complete multiple class-related research projects. Students either work individually or in small groups on faculty-sponsored student research projects.

Within the department there is a great deal of positive interaction among students and faculty that relates directly to professional development in the life sciences. Oftentimes research projects required for a particular class are turned into independent student/faculty investigations due to this positive interaction.

Do students present research findings at national conferences? Sixteen students from throughout the Biology Department presented 19 different research paper or posters at state, regional and national professional meetings last year. Some examples include:

  • Regional and national meetings of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society in Missouri and Colorado
  • Regional meeting of the Wildlife Society in Indianapolis
  • Missouri Natural Resource Conference
  • Annual meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science
  • Federation of Associations for Experimental Biology in San Diego

Three of our students won awards at the regional meeting of Beta Beta Beta and two were awarded stipend grants to present their work at the national meeting.

Have students in the Biology Department had work published recently? Two students published a paper in Cell Biology Education during the past year. Four students and a biology professor were co-authors on a paper in the Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science.

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