No, this picture is not of some alien takeover – its biology professor Susan Fahrbach, who is working with one of her students and a beekeeper at one of their field research sites in Winston-Salem. Dr. Fahrbach studies the neurology and behavior of honeybees. This is a wonderful example of how undergraduate students can participate in research projects with their professors, gaining valuable field experience and learning about what it’s like to conduct academic research.
If your student is considering graduate school, or simply wants to have a more hands-on academic experience, urge him or her to talk to the faculy about ways to be involved in their research projects. Faculty frequently need assistance in their labs and with research projects and this is a wonderful way for your students to have a faculty mentor in an area of shared interest.