Perform in-depth research with a chosen topic in biology.
As a biology student, you have the opportunity to undertake guided research in the laboratory or in the field under faculty supervision. To receive credit, you must first contact a specific faculty member and arrange to perform research with them. Then, you must register for the appropriate research course.
If you plan to fulfill your capstone experience requirement by completing a research thesis, and/or are seeking honors in biology, you should take Guided Research (BIO 498) followed by Guided Research: Capstone Experience (BIO 499).
If you are looking to get research experience but are not seeking honors in biology and will not use a research thesis to fulfill their capstone experience requirement, you should begin with Guided Research in Biology (BIO 497). You can choose to continue in your research either with BIO 498 (thesis not required) or with BIO 499 (thesis required).
Should you enroll in these courses, you will be required to present your research at the end of each semester in the Biology Department Undergraduate Research Seminars.
Recent undergraduate research projects include:
- “Identification and characterization of genetic modifiers of axr4-2 in Arabidopsis”
- “Investigating the effects of the pesticide bifenthrin on neurite retraction”
- “Mimicking the heterozygous state of BRCA2 carriers using RNAi”
- “Decreased testosterone levels and a delayed puberty in rats treated with DEHP”
- “An in-depth look at multiple sclerosis”
- “Collagen II-induced rheumatoid arthritis in DBA/2 mice”
- “Germination success and flowering times in yellow monkey flower Mimulus guttatus”
- “Atrazine exposure may alter tissue structure in gonad and gills of freshwater mussels”
- “Viruses as vectors: examining the role of uncultured bacteriophage communities in the horizontal transfer of metal resistance genes”
- “Obesity and reproduction”
- “The Effects of Hypoxia Inducible Factor Alpha on Renal Cell Apoptosis”
- “Effect of Very High Fat Diet on Body Weight, Hormonal Levels and Estrous Cycle”
- “Bactericidal Properties of Lactoferrin”
- “Invertebrate Community Structure in Isolated Salt Marsh Patches in the South Shore Estuary”
- “Just Keep Swimming: The Effect of Various Concentrations of Retinoic Acid on Vertebral Development and C-Start Performance”
In recent years, graduate students have completed theses on many interesting and unusual topics, such as:
- “Potential Estrogenic Effects of Bifenthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid, on Corbicula fluminea”
- “Clinical Importance of BRCA1 Gene Mutations with Breast Cancer”
- “Characterization of the axr6 Mutation in an Inducible System Arabidopsis thaliana”
- “PCR Amplification of IgH Rearrangements for the Assessment of Minimal Residual Disease in PBSC Harvests for Autologous Transplantation Following Administration of Monocyte-Derived Growth Factor”
- “Increased Adhesion of Lymphocytes Expressing Specific HIV-1 Proteins to Extracellular Matrix Proteins”
- “Histomolecular Characterization of Human Hydatiform Moles: Distinguishing Complete Moles from Partial Moles”