BIO2289 Spring 2012
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch
Contact information: office BioPharm 305B, phone 486-4452, e-mail elizabeth.jockusch [at] uconn.edu
Meeting time: Wednesdays, 4-4:50 pm
Meeting place: BPB 131
The main goals of this course are to give you an overview of research opportunities available to undergraduates and to help prepare you to obtain a research position. This will be achieved through the following means:
- Weekly presentations by faculty about on-going research in the three biology departments (EEB, MCB, PNB) on campus
- Identification of off-campus summer research opportunities
- Guidance in writing a C.V.
- Attendance at research presentations by advanced undergraduates
Assignments and Grading
Notebook and participation (100 pts)
I expect everyone to be actively involved in engaging with the speakers--these sessions will be more fun and informative if you take advantage of the opportunities to ask questions! Maintain a notebook about the presentations. These notebooks will be handed in after class on Feb. 8 so that I can give you feedback on whether you are meeting expectations and again at the end of the semester for a grade (based on informativeness and completeness).
Curriculum vitae (15 pts)
In academics, it's customary to submit a C.V., rather than a resume, when applying for positions. C.V. due March 21. I'll also give you recommendations for ways to revise it.
Off-campus summer research opportunities (15 pts)
There are virtually limitless summer research opportunities aimed at undergraduates. These are offered in many settings (from companies, to universities, to museums and field stations), on many continents. Identify a minimum of five such opportunities that are appealing to you. Aim to find diverse types. Submit a summary of these opportunities by March 21.
- What/where is the experience?
- What are the qualifications--do you meet them? If not, what would you have to do to meet them next summer?
- Are you paid?
- What's the application process?
- Why does this program appeal to you?
- Include a link to the program description.
Undergraduate research presentations (20 pts)
The final step to doing science is communicating it. The typical result is a publication in the peer-reviewed literature, but a preliminary stage in communicating results is often a meeting presentation. At UConn, undergraduate biology students present their research in two main forums, the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition (to be held April 13-14) and the Biology Honors Symposium (not yet scheduled, but usually the last day of classes). Spend at least an hour at one of these, and provide a summary of a minimum of four posters or talks. Summaries are due April 18 (for Frontiers) or TBD (for Biology Honors Symposium)
|Jan. 18||Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch||Course overview||Jockusch lab|
|Jan. 25||Dr. Kurt Schwenk, EEB||TBA||Schwenk lab|
|Feb. 1||Dr. Ted Taigen, EEB||Responsible Conduct of Research (or when science goes bad)||Examples|
|Feb. 8||Dr. Spencer Nyholm, MCB||animal-bacteria symbiosis||Nyholm lab|
|Feb. 15||Dr. Gwen Pearson, OUR||UConn Undergraduate Research Support||OUR home page|
|Feb. 22||Dr. Tasso Tzingounis, PNB||TBA||Tzingounis lab|
|Feb. 29||Dr. Barbara Mellone, MCB||TBA||Mellone lab|
|Mar. 7||Dr. Andy Moiseff, PNB||TBA||Moiseff lab|
|Mar. 21||Dr. David Goldhamer, MCB||TBA||Goldhamer lab|
|Apr. 4||Dr. Robin Chazdon, EEB||TBA||Chazdon lab|
|Apr. 11||Dr. Joanne Conover, PNB||TBA||Conover lab|
|Apr. 18||Dr. Chris Simon, EEB||Cicada evolution||Simon lab|
|Apr. 25||Dr. Rahul Kanadia, PNB||TBA||Kanadia lab|