Through grants to UNT from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of North Texas is developed several programs to provide research opportunities to undergraduate Biology and Biochemistry majors and provide transfer students with the tools necessary to transition to university-level science successfully.
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. [Note: The URP program is not accepting applications0.]
Summer Transitions Program for Community College Students- The Transitions Summer Workshop 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. This is held on the UNT campus in Denton. Students receive a $1,500 stipend for their participation. The experience is 5 weeks long and is conducted in June and early July. [Note: Our second program, transition summer research experience is not being offered in 2015]
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.
Phone: (940) 369-7261
Office: Life Sciences A223
Program Director: Dr. Lee Hughes
Phone: (940) 565-4137
Ofice: Life Sciences A223
University of North Texas
UNT-HHMI Program Office
Department of Biological Sciences
155 Union circle #305220
Denton, TX 76203-5017