Each year, select undergraduate biology majors earn merit-based scholarships supported by the Wilbur V. Harlan Trust. Under the guidance of a biology faculty member, students spend 14 weeks (mid-May to August) conducting an independent research project, learning research skills and networking with other students and researchers. The research projects may extend into the academic year and provide excellent experience for any undergraduate who wishes to continue a career in science.
The Harlan Trust was established in 2011 through a generous bequest from the estate of Wilbur V. (Bill) Harlan, BS ’35. Past Harlan scholars have conducted research to explore the role of fungal species interactions in forest ecosystems, examined the developmental pattern of tissues in the fish head and their function in the adult organism and applied CRISPR gene editing methods to butterfly wing patterns.