The Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) is an educational program designed to teach students science by involving them in biologically related research. Students are paid for their time in the lab where they develop an understanding of scientific method and receive a realistic view of biological research. They also acquire the tools necessary to be successful in post-graduate studies in biology should they choose careers related to biology or biomedical research. UBRP demonstrates how the resources of a major research university can be brought to bear on undergraduate education.
2013 Beckman Symposium
Aishan Shi presents her research at the 2013 Beckman Symposium in Irvine, CA
Saguaro Fruit Harvest
Liz Bondy, Tam Le, Kavya Giridharan, and Ella Wilcox at the June 2011 saguaro fruit harvest.
A bowl of saguaro fruit!
UBRP in action
Liz Bondy working in Dr. Jeremy Brownlie's group at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, during her BRAVO! experience. Liz studied how different strains of Wolbachia bacteria affect aggression in male Drosophila melanogaster.
Rita Kaplon, a student from Oberlin College who was part of UBRP during the summer of 2009, analyzed fMRI data from an auditory stroop task.
Teri Suzuki, who inspired Dr. Michael Wells to establish UBRP, earned a PhD at the University of Arizona in biochemistry and is now a principal research investigator at Sanofi in Tucson.
Kelly Arganbright, who worked with Dr. Slava Dvorak as a UBRP student and with Dr. Hana Kozakova at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology at a BRAVO! student, is now a chemistry teacher at Tucson High.