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Undergraduate and Fifth-Year Research

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Opportunities to Pursue Research

As an undergraduate or fifth-year master’s student in biological sciences, you have numerous ways to get involved in research. You might:

  • Conduct research as part of a research course or internship
  • Work with your adviser to pursue honors work
  • Participate informally in faculty research during your spare time
  • Apply for funding to support your own research on a project of your choice during the academic year or during the summer
  • Work in a faculty research lab
  • Co-author a paper with a faculty mentor
  • Attend professional conferences to present your research and network with other biology professionals
  • Share your research at Clark’s annual undergraduate Fall Fest and Academic Spree Day events
  • Submit your research results for publication in our student-run Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal

Recent Undergraduate Research Projects

  • Understanding the Forces Maintaining Copy Number Variation: the Important Partnership of Science and Science Communication. Julianne Murphy ’17, Steinbrecher Fellow (Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)
  • Identifying Cis-Regulatory Modules That Regulate the Gene Twin of Eyeless in Drosophila melanogasterLuke Nourie ’17, LEEP fellow (Sponsor: Professor Robert Drewell)
  • Exploring the interaction between CenB and Rad4. Shivani Patel ’16 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)
  • Investigation of CDK1-site in Src1 in Dictyostelium discoideumYing Ge Wang ’16 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)
  • Identification of the Nuclear Membrane Targeting Signal of DdSrc1 in Dictyostelium discoideumElizabeth Nelson ’16 & Ying Ge Wang ’16; in collaboration with Xiang Ren, graduate student (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)
  • How does tree functional diversity affect aboveground carbon storage in tropical pastures? Stephanie Funk ’16, in collaboration with Achim Haeger (Sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Recent Master’s Theses

Marian Crockett
The effect of substrate unevenness and irregularity on locomotor performance and kinematics of curly-tailed lizards. (Philip Bergmann)

Samantha Dokus
Influence of reproductive cycle and environmental stress on personality in threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus.) (Susan Foster)

Amanda Fragata
Influences of maternal stress on early life characteristics of offspring in threespine stickleback fish (Susan Foster)

Andrea Gialtouridis
Plasticity in changing environments: antipredator behavior in Alaskan threespine stickleback following pike introduction. (Susan Foster)

Robert Holden
Performance variation in basilisk lizards (Basiliscus vittatus) during different aquatic modes of locomotion. (Philip Bergmann)

Christie Joyce
Evolution of nervous system centralization: role of BMP signaling in doral-ventral axis and neural fate specification in Capitella teleta. (Néva Meyer)

Nicholas Pagan
The use of the chironomid pupal exuvial technique (CPET) to characterize midge communities in Massachusetts ponds (John Baker)

Levi Seeley
A gregarine parasite of Aedes hendersoni in Colorado. (Todd Livdahl)

James St. Denis
Quantitative UV sensitivity assay and whole genome extraction for DNA methylation analysis in Dictyostelium discoideum. (Denis Larochelle)

Emily Stone
Obligate microbial communities associated with the toxic diatoms Pseudo-nitzschia australis genome? Implications for genome assemblies. (Deb Robertson)

Tina Vo
Efficacy of playback video use in eliciting courtship behavior in male threespine stickleback fish (Susan Foster)

Ethan Wainblat
Investigating differential methylation in Apis mellifera worker bee sub-castes. (Rob Drewell)