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Co-curricular Opportunities

Students participating in field research through the U-M Biological Station

Student Groups

The University of Michigan also offers students a great many opportunities to get involved with other like-minded students and community members outside of the classroom by way of student-led organizations. For a larger listing of "Science & Technology" oriented organizations, see the listings available via U-M Student Affairs Maize Pages. Open up the search for groups and clubs of all kinds.

A few organizations with biology (or other biology, neuroscience, psychology, or pre-med) involvement are listed below. 

(Part of an organization you think we should feature?  Send an email with the information!  Biology-related student groups may also request funding in the fall term for speakers and events.  Deadline is Sept. 21.)

Biology Student Alliance (BSA)

The Biology Student Alliance is a student organization intended for Neuroscience, CMB, Biology, Plant Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry concentrators, as well as any pre-med or science-oriented students who are interested in learning more about MCDB-related topics. BSA provides opportunities for undergraduates to enhance their learning in the natural sciences and gain exposure to various careers in scientific research and health-related fields. BSA aims to foster scientific discussion and stimulate innovative thinking in biology. We seek to build and sustain meaningful relationships among like-minded peers. We offer informal tutoring, academic advising, community service events (such as presenting simple, exciting demos to elementary students), and coordinate events with various faculty guest speakers to help introduce undergraduates to various research fields. In addition, we provide a space for students to present their own research in a low-pressure environment and give participants constructive feedback to help acquire skills that will be applicable to their current and future academic/professional careers. Email for more information

Michigan Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Society (MEEBS)

The Michigan Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Society (MEEBS) is an informal club designed to create a community for EEB-interested students from any major. We have biweekly meetings where faculty, graduate students and professionals give talks, we discuss or research and view documentaries, and hold skill development workshops. We also take field trips to zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, and more. Contact our faculty advisor Catherine Badgley or check out our Facebook page for more information. 

Michigan Synthetic Biology Team (MSBT)

The Michigan Synthetic Biology Team (MSBT) is a student-lead club that enters the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston. Students work together to design a project using the most cutting-edge technology and carry out self-lead experiments in lab to perfect it's design. Through independent research, experimental design, collaborative brainstorming, community outreach, active fundraising, and exploration into public-policy, members of the Michigan Synthetic Biology Team gain, not only the hard skills necessary to do lab work, but also the ability to navigate through the complex problems that arise during experimentation.  (Read more about MSBT in the LSA article.)

Botany Undergrads Doing Stuff (BUDS)

An extremely informal group of people dedicated to botany. Contact Faculty Advisors Robyn Burnham or Laura Olsen if interested.

Neuroscience Students Association

The Neuroscience Students Association is a student organization for students with an interest in neuroscience. This organization provides networking opportunities, seminars, and exposure to the depth of neuroscience. The organization also aims to actively participate in service to its community and provide the public with information on neuroscience, health, and general science topics. They hope to broaden their horizons of members by exposing them to medicine, public health, research, and engineering. Neuroscience is, at its very core, an interdisciplinary subject. It requires a relatively deep understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. Beyond that, when it is crossed with computer programming, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, or animal studies, it gains an even broader scope of possibilities. The organization hopes to expose students to the many facets of this broad, advancing field. Email for more information.

Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR)

The Student Society for Stem Cell Research (U-M Ann Arbor Chapter) was founded in August of 2003. We are an international network dedicated to the advancement of scientific research for cures. We believe that stem cell research will revolutionize the field of medicine. With a coordinated and cooperative global effort, we can advance stem cell research in the most efficient manner. Email for more information


On- and Off-Campus Facilities

Our modern teaching and research laboratories house electron microscopes, controlled environment rooms, analytical and preparative centrifuges, spectrophotometers, and other tools essential for modern research in all areas of the biological sciences.

But in addition to classrooms and labs, students have access to a variety of other facilities:  The Herbarium, the Museum of Paleontology, the Museum of Anthropology Archaeobiology Laboratories, the Museum of Zoology, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens supplement the instructional and research programs. University-owned research facilities in the vicinity of Ann Arbor include Saginaw ForestEdwin S. George ReserveStinchfield Woods, and Mud Lake Bog!

The Biological Station provides additional facilities for instruction and research.