Research opportunities working with EBIO professors and graduate students

One of the benefits of attending a tier-one research institution is that your professors and TAs are involved in cutting-edge research., Getting involved in research will allow you to pursue your interests while honing your problem-solving skills. The opportunity to work on a faculty-initiated research project gives you the chance to work closely with graduate students, research associates and faculty scientists.

You may know that working in a lab is your opportunity to stand apart from the crowd and participate in research, but you may not know how to get started. One great way is to get involved with the EBIO club. Early in the semester, we also hold a social mixer for undergraduates to get to know grad students and faculty with research opportunities - so keep an eye out for that (Fall 2015 Faculty-Student Social Oct 6 TU: 4:30-6pm N240). Also watch for advertisements on the Biology Advising website. Also, we have several programs for funding research experiences, such as BSI Scholars and REU (next deadline 14 September, see below).

You can learn more about research in EBIO labs from faculty webpages. Here are the labs that need assistance right now (Fall 2015).

Lab name Working with Research Contact Semester needed
Barger Caroline Havrilla (grad student) Dryland Plant Ecology; Biological soil crust-plant interactions fall, spring, summer


BSI Scholars in STEM Undergraduate Research

The BSI Scholars program is available to currently enrolled degree seeking students on the CU Boulder campus who are interested in pursuing an independent research experience. Students must be working under the guidance of a faculty mentor from either the CU Boulder campus or the CU Denver Medical campus (summer only). Projects are funded during the AY or the summer with a preference given to biology-related research and STEM majors with sophomore and junior standing.

This program replaces both BURST/CURE and UROP-HHMI funding. 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at the Mountain Research Station

Students in the REU program participate in research projects at the Mountain Research Station. Students from both CU and other universities across the nation can apply. The REU program is designed to engage students with the scientific process at all levels, including scientific method, experimental design, fieldwork, data analysis and presentation. Participants live in cabins at the station through the summer, and are immersed in a unique, focused, research program. Visit the REU website to learn more about the program, the faculty, and the application process, or contact Dr. William Bowman ( directly.


The EBIO Club is a great way to get involved with research in EBIO as well as to meet other students with an interest in ecology and evolutionary biology. The EBIO Club organizes regular department socials with EBIO faculty and EBIO graduate student researchers to help students get involved in research projects. The Biology Club also organizes lab tours and field trips across the state of Colorado. The club provides a student voice in the department and student leadership positions are available throughout the year. To get involved please contact:

Applying for a research opportunity

Whether you are looking for an educational or employment opportunity, always remember: Be Professional! Before you write or apply you should find out what kind of research is done at the lab. For example: what organisms or processes does the lab study? Where do they work (field, lab or a combination)? Here are a few tips that can help you make a good impression when you write:

1) Use a formal heading and closing. If you are addressing a professor, it's a good idea to use Dr.

2) Politely state what you would like to achieve from the experience. Whether you are looking for a specific experience or you simply want to know what opportunities are available, explicitly state your objective in your message.

3) Demonstrate how your interests align with those of your reader's. Using, 2 - 3 sentences, tell your reader why you are interested in working with them and any relevant experiences you may have had such as coursework, hobbies, etc.

4) Be succinct.

5) Some graduate students/professors ask for specific information; be sure you address what they ask for.

If you are interested, fill out the EBIO Independent Study/Research Form.


See also internships