Developing Future Biologists (DFB) is an educational outreach organization led by graduate students and postdocs at the University of Michigan. Our mission is to to ensure that the next generation of biologists, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status, can learn the core concepts of developmental biology and are made aware of the vast opportunities that exist to pursue a career in the sciences. DFB organizes a week-long summer short course aimed at teaching undergraduate students fundamental concepts in developmental biology in a small class setting with close instructor-student mentorship. Throughout the week students attend interactive lectures, hands-on lab sections, and professional development workshops.
What makes DFB so great?
Expand your laboratory research skills in a fully-functional developmental biology laboratory. Gain an in-depth understanding of the cutting-edge techniques and model organisms used in modern research labs.
What Opportunities Can DFB Provide?
Whether your next career move is to apply to graduate school, a professional research position, or any other career in science, a comprehensive, working understanding of biological research can help set you apart from other candidates. Through Developing Future Biologists (DFB), you can acquire the knowledge, skills, and network to reach your career goals. Apply today, and help advance your career!
Who Can Apply?
Undergraduate students interested in learning the basics of developmental biology who:
Have successfully completed an introductory biology course
Have a GPA of 2.8 or above
Students who identify with one or more of the following groups are
encouraged to apply:
Have a physical or mental disability
Are from an underrepresented educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in biology and/or the biomedical sciences in the United States
Are from socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
Are a first generation college student
Are a first generation U.S. citizen
Have dealt with financial hardship due to family economic circumstances
This is not your average science course! In one action-packed week with all expenses paid, you’ll be immersed in all things developmental biology:
Hands-on lab experiments
Lectures + active learning
Professional development panels and workshops
Deadline: March 24, 2019
Free to All Participating Students!
Meet the DFB Instructor Team