Friday, February 13, 2015

Hands-On Undergraduate Scientific Research

They manipulate the stem cells of zebrafish to solve the mystery of spinal cord regeneration. They search for a cure for breast and prostate cancer.


While these impactful research experiences are not uncommon, the fact that St. Thomas University science students are able to do so as undergraduates is, indeed, an uncommon opportunity. St. Thomas University boasts a unique undergraduate, hands-on research program that provides future scientists, researchers and doctors, with the exposure to meaningful research early in their educational career. The undergraduate research in the Carnival Cruise Lines School of Science and Technology building’s state-of-the-art laboratories provides all students with an interest for research with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty members who have extensively published peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, books, and other publications. This close experience with their professor inspires students to learn, develop strategic decision-making and interdisciplinary skills that prepare them to become our future science leaders.

Dr. Jeffrey Plunkett
Realizing their research potential, freshmen and sophomores are conducting their own research, attending scientific conferences or meetings, and networking with graduate science students or scientists in their particular field. For many students looking to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic or veterinary science, the hands-on research provides
them with an edge – especially on their required entrance exams. Depending on their aspirations, faculty and advisors work to ensure they meet pre-professional requirements.

“St. Thomas University’s mission of Developing Leaders for Life comes alive as our School of Science students engage in cancer research, work with endangered species, or investigate the regeneration of the nervous system in zebrafish to help those who suffer from spinal cord injury. ST. Thomas’ School of Science students are being prepared to be leaders in the next phase of their career – whether as medical professionals or researchers,” said Dean Wim Steelant, St. Thomas University School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management.

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