The Biology Department at Central Michigan University has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a new undergraduate research opportunity: Biology Undergraduate Mentoring Program (BUMP) called "BUMP into Research at CMU!"

The overall goal of BUMP is to increase the number and diversity of individuals pursuing graduate studies in all areas of biological research. The BUMP program will recruit students from historically underrepresented groups, engage students in high-quality research projects directly mentored by our faculty, and prepare them for graduate school in the biological sciences.

BUMP will recruit a cohort of five students in each of the first three years of the grant starting in the summer of 2010. Students will receive financial support for two years and are encouraged to begin the program in the summer after their freshman or sophomore years. In addition to the mentored research experiences, students will take seminar courses to introduce them to careers in biological research, to develop skills in experimental design, to develop scientific communication skills, to prepare for the GRE, and to successfully apply to graduate school.