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Tim Stearns’s research focuses on cell biology, particularly the microtubule cytoskeleton, a dynamic network of filaments and associated motors and organizing factors found in all eukaryotic cells. He created a new education program, the Pre-Grad Program, to train undergraduates to be the next generation of leaders in biological research. Stearns’s program provides students with the chance to do real research with current technology and participate in elements of experimental design, all through close interaction with faculty members in course work, research, and advising. Central features of the program include a project lab course designed especially for students with an interest in pursuing research and the opportunity to attend a national science meeting.