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It's easy to get caught up in coursework, but another important avenue for learning about your field is to participate in Learning Communities and Student Clubs
The Department of Biological Sciences sponsors four Learning Communities (LCs), more than any other department on campus. These LCs are open to all incoming COSAM freshmen who share an interest in Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Microbiology or Epidemiology. They provide the opportunity to learn more about a particular field in a small group setting with other students who share this interest. They also provide a great opportunity to meet faculty. For more information on the DBS Learning Communities check out the AU Learning Communities page.
The Department sponsors three student clubs, two of which are official student chapters of the major national professional society for that discipline. All three clubs sponsor speakers, field trips and other events to promote a better understanding of the field and professional development.
Auburn University Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology website
Additionally, many professional societies in the biological sciences have resources for undergraduate students:
American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Resources website
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology website
Ecological Society of America website