Seeking Instructors for DFB 2020!

Are you a graduate student or post doctoral fellow interested in teaching and mentorship? Are you passionate about biology and want to reach underserved communities? Attend our informational meetings on Thursday October 3rd 10 am Med Sci 2 Rm 3753 and Wednesday October 9th 3pm Med Sci 2 Rm 3755. The application deadline for new instructors is October 18th, 2019. Apply here to be a DFB instructor now!

About Us

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?


Networking Opportunities

Grow your academic and professional networks through one-on-one advising, interacting with current UM grad students, postdocs, and faculty, and attending career development workshops. Form long-term mentorship with DFB instructors, who can help you advance to the next step in your scientific career.


Interactive Lectures

Receive a comprehensive education of the basic concepts from leaders in the field of developmental biology. Experience active learning environments at a 3:1 student to instructor ratio.


Hands-On Labs

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!

Course Info

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


Course Structure

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

  • Networking opportunities

  • Professional development panels and workshops



Deadline: March 24, 2019

Free to All Participating Students!


“I had no idea there were so many possible careers in the sciences, and it helped me quickly learn about my options after earning my B.S. I am amazed with all of the things I can pursue!”

Meet the DFB Instructor Team


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