Through grants to UNT from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of North Texas is proud to offer several programs which provide research opportunities to undergraduate Biology and Biochemistry majors and provide transfer students with the tools necessary to transition to university-level science successfully.
The Undergraduate Research Program and Classroom-based Research Courses give UNT junior and senior Biology and Biochemistry majors the opportunity to perform hands-on research as an undergraduate, and the Summer Transitions Program for community college students offers workshops, seminars, and mentored research opportunities to ensure that their transition to university level science is successful.
Undergraduate Researchers Program- The UNT-HHMI Undergraduate Research Program began in Spring 2011, and offers current UNT students the opportunity to engage in a PAID research experience in the laboratory of an active biology or biochemistry researcher at UNT. Students are paid $10 an hour, and spend 8 hours a week during fall and spring semesters performing research, and 40 hours a week over the 10 week summer semester. Students also receive stipends for printing research posters, support for travel to a conference, and a stipend for laboratory supplies.
New Curriculum Development- Through UNT’s HHMI grant, UNT is developing upper-level research-based laboratory courses in the renovated Classroom Research Laboratory (CRL). These upper level courses provide students with the opportunity to contribute to the research of UNT faculty in a course setting. New research-based lab courses are scheduled to be introduced each fall through 2013. These courses provide students with authentic research experiences through guided laboratory instruction.
Summer Transitions Program for Community College Students-The Summer Transitions Program for community college students is designed as a two tiered program. UNT is partnering with Brookhaven College, Eastfield College, El Centro College, and Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) for this program, but students from any community college may apply to attend. The Transitions Summer Workshop is the first tier of the program, and targets 16 community college students who are completing their first year of college-level science coursework. The program provides these students with academic success skills and an introduction to research methods at the university level. The second tier of the program is the Transitions Summer Research Experience, which provides 10 community college students who are completing their second year of college science coursework with the opportunity to perform university level research under the mentorship of a UNT researcher. Each of these programs is held on the UNT campus in Denton. A allowance for living expenses is provided for students, and students receive a $1,500 stipend for their participation. The experiences are 5 weeks long and are conducted in June and early July.
Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES)-The PHAGES program provides a year-long research experience for freshmen. Participants isolate bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) from a soil sample of their choosing, characterize their phage isolate, and perform genetic analysis on the genome sequence of one or more of these phage. Biology and biochemistry majors receive credit that can be used to satisfy a portion of their Natural Sciences and Discovery core curriculum requirements.
Program Coordinator: Denece Gerlach
Phone: (940) 369-7261
Office: Life Sciences A205
Program Director: Dr. Lee Hughes
Phone: (940) 565-4137
Ofice: Life Sciences A205
University of North Texas
UNT-HHMI Program Office
Department of Biological Sciences
155 Union circle #305220
Denton, TX 76203-5017