The Office of Undergraduate Biology (or more commonly known as the "OUB" or the "BioCenter") is a student resource center located in 216 Stimson Hall that is designed to serve the needs of undergraduate biology students. All students and other visitors are also welcome! We invite you to hang out in our informal lounge area where you can enjoy a cheap cup of coffee (only 25 cents!), chat with other biology majors, or study in between classes. Also, our quiet study space is "The Nucleus", home to our Biology Scholars, is ideal for small-group studying or meetings with student advisors.
People in the OUB
The staff members in the OUB are eager to help you. Amy Horning and our student staff are the first folks you'll see as you enter the office. They can help you find what you need in and around the office. Bonnie Comella, Director of Advising; Wendy Aquadro, Associate Director of Advising; Jeff McCaffrey, Assistant Director of Advising and Coordinator of the Biology Scholars Program; and Colleen Kearns, Assistant Director of Research,are available for both walk-in meetings (for quick questions) and individual appointments. If you have questions about course or major requirements, career decisions, selecting a concentration, long-range schedule planning, or where to go for help with various problems, feel free to stop in to see Bonnie, Wendy, Jeff, or Colleen.
For those of you interested in research, you'll definitely want to talk with Colleen if you'd like to join a research lab on campus. She's great at giving advice about research in general and referring students to appropriate faculty. She also gives talks throughout the year on how to get started with finding a lab opportunity. In addition, Colleen supports Cornell students who stay on campus to continue their research in the summer by offering workshops on how to give a scientific talk, make best use of library resources, prepare a science-oriented resume, and network with biology alumni for finding summer or full-time employment opportunities.
The Biology Student Advisors(SAs) are a group of 50 junior and senior biology majors who assist with advising our new students and who each hold office hours in the OUB once a week. The SAs are a great resource of information to any student seeking information regarding courses, research, and student life at Cornell.
The Office of Undergraduate Biology sponsors numerous talks and programs throughout the year such as;
- Applying to graduate school
- The Biology Open House and Information Fair
- Faculty mixers
- Career options and resources for biology majors
- Locating an undergraduate research position
- Annual alumni career panel
- Various alumni career talks
- Finding summer opportunities
- Study abroad options