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BioFrontiers Science Alliance


Our Mission

The BioFrontiers Science Alliance (BFSA) is an organization comprised of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers engaged in fundamental and applied science.  The mission of the BFSA is to promote camaraderie and exchange of knowledge between students across the BioFrontiers Institute and the entire University of Colorado.  We seek to develop a community that extends beyond the doors of the laboratory by assisting our members to become more effective at communicating their research to an interdisciplinary audience and to broaden their foundational scientific fluency across departmental divisions.

Our vision brings together burgeoning scientists and engineers with a range of expertise and skills to talk about ongoing research and emerging scientific questions. We promote interdisciplinary collaborations, encourage novel research approaches, and facilitate knowledge sharing.  With members spanning biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering, we strive to create a community of scholars within the BioFrontiers Institute and beyond.


If you are interested getting involved in the leadership and development of this group, please email

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BFSA is also on twitter @BFSA_CUBoulder

Congratulations to Kristen Bjorkman Barthel!

We're happy to announce that Kristen Bjorkman Barthel is the winner of our contest and of a gift certifcate good for dinner for two ($50) at Zolo Grill!

Thanks to everyone who submitted entries for the BioFrontiers Science Alliance renaming contest.

Special thanks to Professor Leslie Leinwand for her generous donation, which made this gift possible.


Seed Grant Program

Modeled on the successful Butcher Program that awards seed grants to fund collaborative and potentially transformative bioscience research, BFSA aims to build on existing institutional resources to encourage scientific creativity by supporting the independent research projects designed and proposed by graduate students and postdocs.

The primary goals of this award are to provide graduate students and postdocs with opportunities to:

  • Tap into their own creativity and independently design and follow through on their own research ideas (not those of their PI);
  • Pursue interdisciplinary collaborative projects that represent a significant new research direction;
  • Collaborate with diverse colleagues at CU Boulder and at other Colorado research organizations;
  • Participate in and expand the membership of the BioFrontiers Science Alliance; and
  • Gain practical experience in the grant review and award processes.


For more information about eligibility and award information click here.

Note: All seed grant applicants must register (by October 1, 2013) for and present a poster of his/her current research at the Butcher Symposium on November 1, 2013.  At the Symposium you will have the chance to discuss interdisciplinary ideas and meet potential seed grant collaborators.

If you have any additional questions, please  email

Science Shorts - Free Lunch!

The first Tuesday of every month (during the fall semester) is Science Shorts (snacks provided). At 12pm in JSCBB-B331, several students/post-docs present their research, ideas, and questions, and musings in short 10 minute talks.

If you would like to sign up to present at an upcoming Science Shorts, please email and we'll get you on the schedule.

Upcoming Science Shorts: Details will be available soon! - Search for people, groups, and equipment on campus!

BioFrontiers Student Group Member Daniel Higgs was featured in the Daily Camera for the development of a new search website where you can find skilled students, groups, and equipment on campus. Check out


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