Original, independent research in developmental biology and/or neuroscience
at least one upper level lab course in biology or neuroscience
Formal lab meetings at a time to be determined during the first week
of classes & informal meetings as necessary
Barbara Lom (Dana 261; x2338; firstname.lastname@example.org)
design and conduct an original research project
To develop experience with experimental techniques in developmental
biology and/or neuroscience
develop a working knowledge of relevant research literature
To practice scientific writing and participate in the peer review
To be able to discuss the research and topic with other biologists
Students will develop (with guidance) a research project proposal
at the beginning of the semester that will provide initiative, outline
an experimental strategy, and serve as a request for funding of consumable
supplies from the biology department budget (and possibly outside sources).
The written proposal (including preliminary reading list) is due no
later than the Friday of the second week of classes.
Each student will present oral reports of research progress,
relevant readings, and/or challenges at scheduled lab meetings.
Students will take primary responsibility for conducting research
and do so with professional attitudes and time commitments. This is
a lab course and I expect a minimum of 6 hours of productive lab work
per week. It is more realistic to expect to spend an average of 8-12
hours per week working and thinking about your project.
Students will produce a manuscript (with active feedback from
the instructor and peers) that can be published in part or whole by
a peer reviewed research journal. Publishable manuscripts require many
drafts, reviews, and revisions. I expect that, if necessary, students
will continue to participate in the publication process after the semester
Students are encouraged to present research results at appropriate
scientific meetings (i.e. NCUR, NCAS, ASB, SDB, SFN) and to apply for
funding from the deanıs office to attend a meeting. Generally, students
will be first author on abstracts resulting directly from their work.
well be self-motivated and work independently, approaching the instructor
for guidance regularly.
Each student is expected to search appropriate databases (medline, biological
abstracts, etc.), read, and become familiar with the scientific literature
relating to their research. In other words, with the help of the instructor,
the student should become an expert on the literature relevant to their
Your final course grade will be calculated according to the following
criteria at the end of the semester. I am happy to discuss your progress
at any time during the semester.
50%- Effort, attitude, and time invested (including lab safety, attention
to detail, participation in lab meetings, troubleshooting, etc.)
20% - Final written lab report (format resembles a scientific paper)
15% - Organization of lab notebook, computer files, and any other documentation
that remains in the lab as your research legacy
7.5% - Familiarity with relevant research literature
7.5% - Evidence of original thought regarding the project
from independent research syllabi by Drs. M. Dorcas and A. Monte
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