Biology Seminar Series

seminar series

Each Friday during the academic year the department offers a seminar featuring special speakers and visiting scholars. Seminars are held at 3:00 pm in MPA 310.

Harlan Undergraduate Research Program

2016 Harlan Scholar Jose Hermina examines caterpillars in the Martin Lab.

Summer 2018 Harlan Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Department of Biological Sciences of the George Washington University is pleased to announce the expansion of the Wilbur V. Harlan Research Fellowship program for undergraduate biology majors. For Summer 2018, selected undergraduate biology majors will be offered a stipend of $5,000 to support their independent research program in the laboratory of a member of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have declared biology majors must submit their application, as well as copies of the unofficial transcript(s) and a letter of recommendation. Applications will be accepted until 5 PM on March 1, 2018. Please complete the application linked below and email your application documentation to [email protected].

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About the Program

Undergraduate biology majors may participate in a summer research program at GW thanks to the generous donation of Wilbur V. Harlan.  The Wilbur V. Harlan Scholarship is available to undergraduate students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior years at GW.  These competitive scholarships offer a summer research experience working with a GW biology faculty member on a specialized research topic for 14 weeks (mid-May to August).  Students have chosen topics in ecology, evolution and systematics, cellular and molecular biology, and bioinformatics.
The program begins with a week-long laboratory training workshop that prepares students for research.  A range of research techniques and methods, including proteomics, PCR and electrophoresis, qPCR, RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, ecological sampling, and microscope training (compound, dissecting, SEM, and fluorescent).  Students meet twice a month with the Harlan Undergraduate Advisor and other Harlan research scholar to provide updates and foster a community of collaboration.  Topics discussed include scientific integrity, research presentation, and statistical analysis in preparation for the written research proposal and poster. The summer research program concludes with a poster session and reception in early October.  The research projects may extend into the academic year and provide excellent experience for any undergraduate who wishes to continue a career in science.  

2017 Harlan Winners

  • Ana Ren - Best Undergrduate Poster for Extending the Wings of Wnt
  • Vincent Ficarrotta- Best Graduate Poster for Shedding Light on the Scale Dimorphism and Ultrastructures of Colias eurytheme
  • Reeham Motaher- Best Graduate Poster for Identification of a LIM Homeobox Transcription Factor as a Candidate Regulator of a Calcium Potassium in Caenorhabditis elegans

2016 Harlan Winners


Previous Harlan Projects


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