During the winter 2020 semester, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History trained 75 undergraduate researchers to communicate their science to the public. In response to COVID-19, more than 30 students adapted their projects from hands-on demonstrations to an online format.

Enjoy a sampling of their videos, comics, and infographics!

If you try any of these experiments at home, document your experiment and tag us on social media (#UMMNH, #MuseumAtHome).

Kidney Functions

What do your kidneys have in common with your dryer and your car engine? U-M undergraduate Hollyann Stewart will answer this and other questions about these important organs with a fun at-home demonstration.

- Hollyann Stewart: is a graduating senior in Art and Design. Discover her portfolio here.

Avoid Pain, Protect Your Brain

Neuroscience student Roksolana Sudyk works in a lab that studies the brain. Her clever comic will help you explore the role of special membranes that protect your brain. It’s eggcelent!

-Roksolana Sudyk: Junior in Neuroscience & Psychology and undergraduate researcher in the Parent Laboratory

Cheerios and Your Cells

How do your blood cells use iron and where does that iron come from? Try this experiment and variations: How does the strength of the magnet affect the experiment? Does this work better if the cereal is ground up? Floating in milk? Share your results with us on social media!

-Casey Hedman: Junior in Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Sciences and undergraduate researcher in the Nagrath Laboratory.

Proteins and Their Structures

No paparazzi, please! Why does U-M biology student Benjamin Moy take so many pictures of proteins? Learn about proteins and the tools scientists use to capture their close-ups.

-Benjamin Moy: Graduating Senior in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and undergraduate researcher in the Nandakumar Lab and incoming medical school student.

Cell Culture in the Kitchen

You may have heard about the nationwide bread baking trend that is sweeping the nation while people are sheltering in place. What does sourdough have to do with skin cancer research? Julia Van Goor explains in this infographic.

-Julia Van Goor: Junior in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and undergraduate researcher in the Skin Cancer Biology Research/Dlugosz Lab

Science in the Dark

Do science in the dark! Learn about fluorescence from biology student Emily Rozich and make your flowers glow.

-Emily Rozich: Senior in Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science and undergraduate researcher in the Buttitta Lab