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[R. Roper] So, in my laboratory, we have a mix of graduate and undergraduate students. I believe each of the students that are in the lab have a project that theyíre working on, so theyíre testing a particular hypothesis, and really the students make the work go forward. We come up with ideas. We come up with hypotheses, which we will test, and itís really the studentís work that helps these ideas move forward, and so my lab is very dependent on students, both graduate students and undergraduate students.

[B. Thungu] My mentor, heís Dr. Keith Dunker, and what I did was, he introduced me to taking a research opportunity, and study proteins. I studied proteins in K 103, so I am trying to apply the information about proteins and how we can use proteins to lead to drug discoveries. Itís like everything that I am studying in class I can apply to real life.

[T. Blackgrove] The freshman work program is this fantastic opportunity. Students actually get the opportunity to work in a laboratory. You get to kind of pick which lab you think you would like to work in, and so, I actually was able to choose genetics, so I started out doing typical, menial tasks; washing dishes and making media and making sure that dry goods were stocked enough to where experiments could be performed, but then, I was able to start doing experiments.

[J. Alexander] Some students do start in a lab initially, and then continue with that process over time and get to advance in their level of expertise with regard to research, so that by the time theyíre a junior or senior, theyíve really made some substantial gains and helped the labs substantially.

[J. Moor] Itís been my experience on the science courses that Iíve taken that most professors are pursuing some type of research as well as giving a lecture, and that thereís opportunities to go and see them present on the things that they are researching that sometimes coincide with what youíre learning in lecture, and it kind of reinforces the entire class when youíre able to actually see actual applications and how your knowledge can be implemented.

[R. Roper] What weíre doing here in the department of biology is giving them that opportunity to really explore, so that when they come to decide on what theyíre career may be, whether it be in research, or whether it be in medicine, or in a number of other fields, theyíve had that experience already as an undergraduate student.

[J. Moor] I volunteer at Roudebush VA Medical Hospital. Iíve also shadowed quite a few doctors and pharmacists that are there, so Iíve gotten to, I have a passion for working with veterans since Iím a veteran, and gotten to see firsthand what the treatment really is and how everything works over there, so that kind of really inspired me and was an eye-opening experience as to what the possibilities are for when I graduate.

[K. Marrs] With K 101 and with biology club, we try to expose students to as many pre-professional seminars and informal talks as we can, and we have people come in from all over campus and from professional schools all around to try and give students an idea of, oh I never knew that existed.

[B. Thungu] When I first joined to IUPUI, I was overwhelmed how huge IUPUI was. I was like, whoa, this is huge. Itís overwhelming, but after staying for some time, itís not as huge as it appears. Itís only the buildings that are huge.

[J. Watson] So, Indianapolis is, I believe, unique in that weíre not only a major U.S. city, weíre the state capital of Indiana, but weíre the linchpin in life sciences in the state of Indiana.

[T. Blackgrove] The life-health sciences are really just clumped in this one massive space that is IUPUI.

[D. Slayback-Barry] Student progress, student learning, the student focus of our department is strong. Itís about what students need to learn, when they leave, what they need to have, and the department is very dedicated to providing students with all those tools.

[K. Marrs] Well, this is a fantastic place to be a biology major and to be a science major. First, I think we have really committed professors. We have professors, who will work with students one-on-one. Theyíll work with students in small groups. They will go out of their way to give students personal attention in the classroom.

[D. Slayback-Barry] In the teaching lab, we have a project and we, I, as the instructor, guide them every step of the way, so they can master the techniques as they go and understand the overall picture at the end, as well as the individual experiments as weíre doing them.

[T. Blackgrove] Biology is fantastic here. Again, the faculty are just phenomenal. Another great thing about IUPUI is that we have the life-health science internship, which was started three years ago. Actually, I was one of the first life-health science interns, and so they put you in a research setting in the medical school.

[D. Slayback-Barry] Itís funny because it feels like a family because they are taking classes together, and I will walk into another instructorís course, and Iíll know half the class, and theyíll wave and say, hi, or theyíll talk about different instructors, and Iíll say yes, youíre taking this and yes, youíre taking that, and it feels like a very small family in that respect, so even though there are large numbers of students, I donít think they feel lost.

[B. Thungu] Most people as in joining the clubs, making the connections with the faculty, and seizing the opportunities of volunteering, you will never ever feel like a number. You will feel as if itís the second home you are in, so itís like a home to me. Iím like IUPUI, itís like, Iím going home.

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