Research Grants and Opportunities for Students in the Biological Sciences

University of the Sciences' biological sciences programs combine scientific theory with research practices, so that you can apply what you are learning well before graduation. Because of our smaller student population, we offer many opportunities to do primary investigative research early in your undergraduate program, research that leads to publications and presentations at national meetings. Faculty will encourage these efforts and work closely with you on your projects.

Student researchers:

  • Gain valuable experience in laboratory techniques, research conduct and analysis.
  • Collaborate with faculty and classmates in class, in the lab and in the field.
  • Work with commonly used instrumentation and techniques.

Research by students:

  • Is ideal preparation for you to continue your education in master’s and doctoral programs at University of the Sciences and elsewhere.
  • Helps develop the skill set of a working scientist while still within the nurturing University environment.
  • Imparts the tools necessary to identify problems and create solutions that will help later in your educational and professional careers.

Undergraduate Summer Research Grants

Melvin Firman Research Grant

For research in the Department of Biological Sciences, $4,500 student stipend, $1,000 supplies.

2016 Award Recipients:

  • Kelli Smith, “PIP2 regulates branching actin polymerization and cell motility” with Professor Chris Janetopoulos.

2015 Award Recipients:

  • Bilal Khan, “Analyzing structural, cellular and molecular effects of bisphenol A on normal mammary epithelial cells” with Professor Dana Pape-Zambito.
  • Vivian Pham, “Development and investigation of a new fluorogen activating protein, J3, for the production of a protease biosensor in a new color” with Professor Peter Berget.
  • Deval Tolia, “Importance of heat shock protein 27 for anchorage-independent cell-to-cell contact in metastatic lung cancer cells” with Professor Suzanne Murphy

Evelyn F. C. Ma Research Grant

For research in natural medicine or pharmacognosy, $4,500 student stipend, $1,000 supplies.

2016 Award Recipient:

  • Daniela Reyes, “Investigating the selective mechanism of Myrothamnus flabellifolius induced cell death in lung cancer cells” with Professor Bela Peethambaran

2015 Award Recipients:

  • Nehi Patel, “Specific cytotoxicity mechanism of Myrothamnus flabellifolius extracts on acute myeloid leukemic cells” with Professor Bela Peethambaran
  • Cassandra Van Horn, “Dissection of lariatin A biosynthesis enzymes” with Professors John Porter and John Tomsho

Arno Viehover Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship

For students in Biological Sciences actively involved in research with departmental faculty. $2,500 tuition remission.

2016 Award Recipient:

  • Kelli Smith, “PIP2 regulates branching actin polymerization and cell motility” with Professor Chris Janetopoulos

The Martin & Karen Gibbs Undergraduate Summer Biology and Chemistry & Biochemistry Joint Research Grant

For students doing interdisciplinary research with faculty in both Biological Sciences and Chemistry/Biochemistry. $4,500 student stipend, $1,000 supplies.

2016 Award Recipient:

  • Michael Donohue, “Alanine scanning of LarA to determine the effects on post translational processing and bioactivity” with Professors John Porter and John Tomsho

Contact:

Peter B. Berget, PhD

Office Location:

McNeil Science and Technology Center, Room 342

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7417

Email:

p.berget@usciences.edu