BIOS 28498: Intro to Undergrad Research

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It's always a good idea to keep current with the latest advances in biology.  Here are three places to get you started:

"Published biweekly, Cell includes original research articles of exceptional significance in areas including molecular biology, biochemistry, cancer research, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, plant biology, structural biology and virology....  Cell features topical minireview and review articles in which noted scientists discuss current progress in all areas of the life sciences."

"Nature is a weekly international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions."

"The world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary."

Review Journals/Articles

"Not to be confused with a 'peer reviewed journal,' review articles are an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the 'state of the art' as it now stands." (University of Texas Libraries).  Review articles can be found in many journals, but there are a number of journals that focus just on publishing review articles.

Annual Review of ...
"Since 1932, Annual Reviews has offered comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 40 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences....  Each year, Annual Reviews critically reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide you to the principal contributions of the field and help you keep up to date in your area of research."

Nature Reviews ...
"From the moment Nature Publishing Group (NPG) launched the first Nature Reviews titles in 2000, they gained a reputation for publishing superbly illustrated reviews written by leading international researchers. The Nature Reviews titles in the life sciences quickly became the highest impact-factor journals in their fields."

Current Opinion in ...
"The Current Opinion collection has been developed out of the recognition that it is increasingly difficult for specialists to keep up to date with the expanding volume of information published in their subject. Elsevier’s Current Opinion journals comprise of 12 leading titles in life sciences and adjacent fields."

Your Career in Biology

It's not too early to begin thinking about both your student and professional career in biology.  Here are a few places to get you started:

Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

"For hundreds of different types of jobs the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, and what workers do on the job."

Careers in the Biological Sciences (American Institute of Biological Sciences)
"Pursuing a career in biology can be immensely rewarding and exciting. Studying biology teaches us to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve problems.... Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies."

Internships/Summer Opportunities in Biological Sciences (ND Career Center)
"Based on an annual survey, The Career Center has compiled a profile for each of the University’s major programs. The report lists self-reported summer experiences [for the last few years] obtained by Notre Dame students and illustrate that college majors rarely restrict summer internship options."

Last Update: August 23, 2011 09:44