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BIO590: Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research is a team-based research course designed with the purpose of helping students develop their understanding of scientific investigation.

Collaborative Research is a team-based research course designed with the purpose of helping students develop their understanding of scientific investigation. The team-based approach allows for students from a variety of scientific backgrounds to contribute to a robust research project under the umbrella of biochemistry and biology, as the entire class will be working on one project. Both within the framework of this project and through additional readings and activities, such as statistical analysis and presentations of their work, students will develop their understanding of experimental design and research methods. Students will conduct research outside of class time as needed. No previous research experience is required as this course seeks to cultivate scientific thinking in all students. Possible projects may include: the design and construction of plant-based bioreactors to study recombinant proteins for bioremediation or the effect of ocean/river rising pH levels on fish enzymes, etc. Research projects can change annually dependent on the interests of the students and faculty involved, and, for practical reasons, will be finalized before the course begins. Students must complete an application to be considered for the course. This course meets during a reserve format in order to create a double-format meeting time for weekly labs.