Biology Student Research

119% of $10,000 goal
This campaign successfully reached its goal on November 20, 2020!
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2020 has been an unprecedented year, but our students are resilient!  Even in these challenging times, our Biology students are actively pursuing their studies and engaging in research within the department.  Funds collected on Give to the Max Day have a long history of supporting students who are ineligible for other funding sources. These research efforts allow students to gain insights and knowledge that can only come from conducting independent research. Continued research efforts often lead to presentations or publications in their field.  Over the past five years, Give to the Max Day funds have supported 10 different student research projects, and provided supplemental supply funds for dozens more.  The money raised last year on Give to the Max Day provided a stipend and research supplies for senior Kayla Cross who has been studying sea urchin development under the guidance of Professor William Capman.  Kayla will be sharing the results of her research experience at the department's annual research symposium this November, but you can catch a glimpse of her work in the video posted above.

2019 Scholarship recipient, Maxwell Bannister describes the values of his research experience below:

"Research in Dr. Leon van Eck's lab taught me more in 5 months about the scientific process than any class. Science, I am learning, is a practice. In school, it at first appears that theory dominates. However, research is teaching me that real scientific discovery results from strategic, even creative work. In the lab, theory only gets you so far. You are exploring where no one else has. I am doubtful that any lecture could have invoked this new perspective. As a result, I am driven to comprehend in my classes - not merely for the grade, but to expand a repertoire to call on when I am the one asking the questions." 

The ongoing generosity of our donors allows this research program to thrive.   This year, with your help, we are hoping to raise $10,000 to support this thriving research program. 


Professor Emily Schilling and students study wetland health in the prairie pothole regions of Minnesota - Summer 2019

Professor Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright and students study bacteria lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients - Summer 2019

Professor Matt Beckman and students study the eye development of a freshwater invertebrate, Daphnia magna - Summer 2019

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