Tony Smith talks about Undergraduate Research in Biology


Can sound waves enhance drug delivery for neurodegenerative brain diseases and improve patient outcomes? How will climate change influence the distribution and prevalence of disease-causing microorganisms?  Can type I diabetes be cured through gene editing technologies?  The answers to such questions and so many more lie at the forefront of scientific research.  My name is Tony Smith, coordinator for undergrad research experiences here in the biology department.  One of my central goals in this position is to foster the next generation of biological scientists.  Research can be a fundamental experience as an undergraduate, building confidence and key skills such as problem solving, communication, initiative, adaptability, and numerous others.  Whether you aspire to practice medicine, run a research lab, affect conservation policy, design new pharmaceuticals, or launch a start-up, research can be a key, formative stepping-stone along your journey.

I am excited to begin this work and invite you to partner with me as the biology department looks to launch a number of new initiatives and collaborations over the coming months, from peer mentoring to think tanks to research socials.  In the meantime, please take note of the upcoming “Undergraduate Research Symposium” (Oct. 27 10 am – 2 pm, Bauer Hall) and “Summer Opportunities Fair” (Dec. 7, 5 – 7 pm, Risa Commons) to learn more about undergraduate research and support our community of  burgeoning scientists.

So, get your science groove on and stay tuned for more updates and future invitations to get involved.