Biology Department Opportunities
- Biology & Chemistry Club
- Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS)
- Undergraduate Research
- University of Mississippi Medical Center - Student research internships are available for biology majors interested in gaining practical laboratory experience. Students have traditionally interned in the departments of Anatomy or Physiology; others have worked with graduate students in the Microbiology department.
- Voice of Calvary Family Health Center - Student clinical internships are available for biology majors who are considering a career in healthcare. Interns work in a small, inner-city walk-in clinic.
- Health Careers & Development Program - Biology majors of sophomore standing can apply to the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Health Careers and Development Program. The program consists of three phases: In Phase I, students shadow a variety of doctors, dentists, or other health care workers for a total of 30 hours - this provides an overview of different healthcare career specialties, and allows students to observe the daily inner workings of a hospital. Phase II enables students to shadow for an additional five hours in an area that interests them. Phase III includes CPR training.
The Belhaven Biology and Chemistry Club is lead by biology majors, and is organized to foster the study of science and to introduce students, via a variety of guest speakers, to the many different career and scholarship opportunities available to science majors. Club members also participate in fundraisers and service projects, in line with the club's motto: Not to be served, but to serve.
Students who participate in undergraduate research at Belhaven have the opportunity to present their results at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, an annual gathering of students, scientists, and educators from across the state (http://www.msacad.org/). Students have their abstracts published in the MAS journal, and then compete against other students in the Health Sciences division. In 2005, Belhaven placed second in the division for their research, and Dr. Robert Waltzer presented his ongoing work on Intelligent Design. The paper was entitled "Function and Design". In 2007, we received second place and in 2006 we received third place for our research in the Health Sciences Undergraduate Division of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences.