Entering Research Series

Students sharing their projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

If you are an undergraduate working in a research lab (or have a mentor already lined up), the Entering Research seminar series can help you get the most out of your research experience.

If you're just starting out and need help finding a mentor or want to learn more about how to get involved in undergraduate research, visit the Research section of biology.wisc.edu or stop by the BioCommons at Steenbock Library and talk with an Undergraduate Research Peer Mentor (see the BioCommons event schedule for drop-in hours).

Entering Research, Part 1 

Biology 260

One-credit seminar for students engaging in research for the first time, to be taken alongside 1-3 independent research credits in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field. Students need to identify a research mentor prior to the start of the semester.

Entering Research Part 1 will give you tools and skills to help you foster a successful mentor/mentee relationship and tailor your research experience to your interests and goals.   

  • Learn about the roles, responsibilities, and relationships that make for a successful research experience
  • Define an independent research project with your mentor
  • Share your research experience with your peers

Entering Research, Part 2 

Biology 261

One-credit seminar for second-semester first-year, sophomore, and transfer students, To be taken alongside 1-3 independent research credits in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field. Prerequisite: Entering Research Part 1 or prior research experience and permission of instructor. Students need to identify a research mentor prior to the start of the semester.

Entering Research Part 2 takes it to the next level, giving you key skills to help you understand scientific exchange and participate more fully in the research community. Students are encouraged to present at the Undergraduate Symposium in April.

  • Improve your ability to read and understand science literature
  • Learn more about peer review
  • Understand how data support a hypothesis
  • Practice scientific poster and oral presentation preparation and delivery in a supportive atmosphere

Amber R. Smith

Faculty Associate for Research Mentor/Mentee Programs
Contact Info

(608) 265-0850

Location

Room 118D

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

I earned my PhD in Plant Breeding Plant Genetics from UW-Madison and continued my education with a postdoctoral experience centered on developing first-year transition programs for biology students. After working at the University of Michigan in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, I joined the WISCIENCE staff as the Director of Mentor and Mentee Training.

I coordinate the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program, coordinate and instruct the Entering Mentoring and Entering Research courses, and oversee the research peer leadership students.

Outside of work, I love hanging out with family, cooking, and spending time outside.