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BSI summer workshops in full swing

July 11, 2017

BSI offers teacher professional development workshops throughout the year, and our summer workshops are in full swing. We kicked off the summer offerings with Paleontology: Discovery, Research, and Application to Modern Challenges in early June, with 17 teachers and guest presenters Kim Nichols and Dr. Thomas Bown. Teachers learned about...

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Congratulations, new graduates!

May 16, 2017

BSI would like to congratulate everyone who graduated on Friday, May 12, including many former BSI Scholars and BURST or UROP-HHMI program participants! We highlighted some photos from the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology department graduation ceremony here on our Facebook page , and 2016-17 BSI Scholar Jasmin Torres was...

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BSI Scholars Poster Symposium is Monday, May 1

April 19, 2017

The Biological Sciences Initiative (BSI) is sponsoring a poster symposium of BSI Scholars-funded student researchers. Undergraduates represent several departments including IPHY, EBIO, MCDB, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Engineering. Many of these students have conducted research for multiple years, and projects reflect a variety of current biosciences research topics. Please come by...

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BSI Scholars Summer Applications due Monday, March 20!

March 14, 2017

BSI Scholars in STEM Undergraduate Research applications for summer 2017 funding are due by Monday, March 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. More information about the program and application can be found here .


Former UROP-HHMI researcher Rachel Roller coauthors new study

March 2, 2017

Former UROP-HHMI researcher Rachel Roller is a coauthor on a new study that suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters known as prebiotics – which serve as food for good bacteria inside the gut – can also have an impact on health, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress. The...


Former BURST student graduating with new leadership minor

Feb. 1, 2017

Senior Lakshmi Karamsetti will be among the first CU Boulder graduates with a minor in leadership studies when she graduates this May. Lakshmi conducted research through BSI's Bioscience Undergraduate Research Skills and Training (BURST) program, now BSI Scholars. Read more about the leadership minor and Lakshmi's experience here .

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BSI Scholars summer applications now available

Jan. 17, 2017

Applications for the BSI Scholars in STEM Undergraduate Research program are now available for undergraduate CU Boulder students interested in summer 2017 funding. Eligible students conducting original research are paid to work in a laboratory on the CU Boulder or CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Students also attend seminars to...


CU research by Dr. Christopher Lowry's lab named one of top 10 breakthroughs in 2016 brain science

Jan. 6, 2017

Dr. Christopher Lowry, who has worked with BSI to develop and teach the teacher professional development workshop Microbes and Mental Health: Getting the Dirt on Your Health, is the lead author on a research paper that has been named one of the top 10 advancements and breakthroughs of 2016 by...

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BSI-funded student, Genevieve Bennett, first author on primatology publication

Oct. 14, 2016

Senior Genevieve Bennett has published work in the American Journal of Primatology comparing the gut microbiomes of endangered ring-tailed lemur ( Lemur catta ) residing in the Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve (BMSR) in southwestern Madagascar. The research team found that gut microbiota of these lemurs varied in relation to the...

Christopher Lowry presenting at Microbes workshop

What's the dirt on microbes? These teachers found out!

Oct. 12, 2016

Thank you to the 21 teachers who participated in Saturday's Microbes and Mental Health: Getting the Dirt on your Health workshop! It was a great, engaging day spent discussing the microbes that live with us, capped off by a research presentation from Dr. Christopher Lowry of CU's Integrative Physiology department.