REALSCI | Department of Biological Sciences


REALSCI (Research Experiences and Active Learning in Science) is an initiative of the UNT Department of Biological Sciences to encourage research experiences for undergraduate students.

Several departmental activities contribute to this effort, including:

    • UNT freshmen have the option of participating in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) supported Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program. This laboratory course covers freshman biology lab credits and provides an opportunity to conduct scientific research on viruses that infect bacteria. Applications and information are available at
  • Tiny Earth Network
    • The Tiny Earth Network is a national program to engage undergraduate students in isolation of antibiotic-producing microorganisms from soil. All students taking BIOL 2042 - Microbiology Laboratory at UNT participate in this program. Information about the national program can be found at
    • The Fostering Outstanding Cohorts in Undergraduate Science (FOCUS) Scholarships program at UNT is an National Science Foundation-funded program providing scholarships to students majoring in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, or physics. Information about the program is available at
  • Classroom-based Research Laboratories (CRL)
    • Developed through an HHMI science education grant, the CRL is a teaching lab facility where course-based undergraduate research classes are held. CRL courses are advanced laboratory credit for UNT juniors and seniors where students work with a UNT faculty member as a class toward a research question. Topics vary each semester. See the program website,, for more information.
  • UNT Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

For additional information, please contact the REALSCI Office:

Location: LIFE A223

Phone: 940-565-4137


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