Summer Research Experiences

The college offers undergraduate and graduate students with special summer opportunities to engage in immersive research programs. Students in specific disciplines can work under the direction of a faculty research mentor while gaining course credit. Specific opportunities are described below.

GSU Summer Research Edge in Biological Sciences

  • Are you a rising senior or recent graduate with plans to attend graduate/medical school and pursue a research career?
  • Are you currently applying to a graduate program in Biology and wish you had more research experience to help strengthen your application?

The Department of Biology at Georgia State University (GSU) is pleased to announce two opportunities to gain course credit while spending the summer in a seven-week, immersive research program where students will work under the direction of an engaged faculty research mentor. The objective of the summer research program is to provide students with hands-on, real-world experience, faculty-guided mentoring and professional development in a small, individualized, lab-based environment. Students will acquire the academic and professional skills and techniques needed to help them gain a competitive research advantage in pursuit of their passion for science. This program will run from June 5, 2017 to July 29, 2017, and will include the following courses:

  • BIOL 4905/6905 Designer Genes
  • BIOL 4905/6905 Making Medicines: The Journey from Lab to Shelf

Eligibility:

  • Rising seniors currently enrolled as a Biology major at GSU
  • Recent or soon to be graduates from the bachelor’s program in Biology at GSU
  • Current applicants to the master’s program in Biology at GSU
  • Prospective applicants to the master’s program in Biology at GSU

To apply, please go to the following link to complete and submit an interest form: https://asgrad.wufoo.com/forms/gsu-summer-research-edge-in-biological-sciences/.

Submit your interest form by May 15, 2017 to be considered for the program. Spaces are limited!

For additional information, please contact Dr. Paul Ulrich, Department of Biology at pulrich@gsu.edu or Amber Amari, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at aamari@gsu.edu


Making Medicines: The Journey from Lab to Shelf (BIOL 4905/6905)

An immersive research course for those interested in pursuing research aimed at identifying and optimizing new medicinal agents.

It takes about ten to twelve years to develop a new drug. The drug development process involves a series of lengthy steps that determine the degree of success for every drug brought to the market. Decisions made throughout the process affect every aspect of future development and impact heavily on commercialization strategies. The course will introduce the basic concepts of drug discovery and testing, and will cover fundamentals required to understand and evaluate assays for target identification, activity, pharmacokinetics and safety. Various drug discovery case studies will be discussed during the course to illustrate various methods for the discovery of drugs, including challenges faced in taking potential drug candidates from discovery to development. Included in the course content will be an overview of the regulatory and pre-marketing steps that occur to ensure a successful launch.

Instructor: Dr. Rao Mukkavilli
Credit hours: 4
Day/Time: TTr, 845-1145
Location: Kell Hall 437
Instructor permission required

Learning/skills outcomes include:

  • Students will imbibe valuable knowledge in a self-paced setting through lab experimentation.
  • Completion of research training and certification for research at GSU (e.g. Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste, CORE equipment training) and nationally (CITI Responsible Conduct of Research)
  • Mentoring and tips for building strong relationships in the professional workplace, managing time effectively, record keeping and data organization
  • Ability to engage audiences and persuasively present scientific findings

Prerequisite: No prior research experience is required. For BIOL 4905 participants, BIOL 3800 (Molecular Cell Biology) or an equivalent course is required.


Designer Genes (BIOL 4905/6905)

Designer Genes” is an immersive, primary research course that develops career readiness for the modern biologist and prepares students for “life at the bench”. Research projects will be problem-based and contribute to the investigation of protein targeting in parasites.

Instructor: Dr. Paul Ulrich
Credit hours: 4
Day/Time: MW, 845-1145
Location: Kell Hall 437
Instructor permission required

Molecular techniques and skill development include:

  • Experimental design
  • Molecular cloning
  • PCR
  • Building fusion protein constructs
  • In silico analysis of protein structure and function
  • Prediction of protein targeting

Career readiness skills include:

  • Ability to engage audiences and persuasively present scientific findings
  • Mentoring and tips for building strong relationships in the professional workplace, managing time effectively, record keeping and data organization, and strengthening of a professional resume
  • Training for interaction with media outlets, including mock interviews with a former science journalist
  • Completion of research training and certification for research at GSU (e.g. Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste, Blood born Pathogens, CORE equipment training) and nationally (CITI Responsible Conduct of Research)

Prerequisite: No prior research experience is required. For BIOL 4905 participants, BIOL 3800 (Molecular Cell Biology) or an equivalent course is required.