The 2017-18 BSI Scholars in STEM Undergraduate Research are hard at work in labs across campus, after selection decisions were sent last month and orientations were held. Two groups of students received funding: 22 Continuing Scholars, who have all previously been awarded BSI Scholars grants, and 30 First Time Scholars who have not previously been part of a BSI program.
The first-time group of BSI Scholars are working with faculty and mentors on research across 14 departments & institutes across campus. They will be undertaking projects comparing microbial communities in high alpine lakes across the world, determining the role of glial cells in inflammation arising from sleep disruption, and researching the effects of gravity changes on the physiology of astronauts, just to name a few! These students will present their research in talks to peers at the end of the academic year, and hone their scientific writing skills to write a culminating paper.
The Continuing Scholars will pursue research work in their labs that extends the research they've previously conducted. Many students are asking more nuanced questions and delving deeper into their research after spending more time on their research, and most have been in the lab for many months, if not years, at this point in their undergraduate careers. At the end of the academic year, these students will present their work at a culminating poster symposium.
BSI Scholars is a funding and professional development program for current CU Boulder undergraduates. Eligible students conducting original STEM research are paid to work in a laboratory on the CU Boulder or CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. BSI received a record number of applications to the program from student researchers this fall.