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
Feb 29: Class canceled due to weather.
I've created a web page with advice for the C.V. assignment, due March 21.
Please hand your notebook in for feedback this Monday, Feb. 13. I'll leave a box for notebooks outside my office. If you're keeping an electronic notebook, then you can email your summaries (incorporated into a single file) instead. Acceptable formats for electronic submission are the following: doc, docx, rtf and pdf. If you submit electronically, include your last name at the beginning of the file name.
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 engage with the speakers--these sessions will be more fun and informative if you take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions! Also, maintain a notebook in which you write a brief summary (no more than a page) of each presentation. Each summary must be completed before the next class meeting. Be sure to include the following: speaker's name and affiliation, broader interests in his/her field of research, the main focus for the particular project(s) discussed, and study system. Some evaluation of what aspects you found most interesting or questions the research made you think about is also a good idea. These notebooks will be spot-checked during the semester and handed in for grading at the end of the semester. You must include (and therefore have attended) at least 12 presentations.
Curriculum vitae (15 pts)
In academics, it's customary to submit a C.V. when applying for positions. This document should provide the target audience (e.g., a potential research mentor) with relevant information in a well-organized and easy-to-read format. C.V. due March 21. Please email it to me before the beginning of class. I'll give you recommendations for ways to revise it. See this page for more information.
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 field stations) and may even pay you to travel somewhere exciting. Identify a minimum of five off-campus summer research 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 satisfy them? If not, what would you have to do to be eligible next summer?
- Why does this program appeal to you?
- Are you paid?
- What's the application process? What's the deadline?
- Include a link to the program description.
Here are some sites that list opportunities:
- NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs
- Internship List maintained by Columbia University
- Programs with a Biomedical Focus
- Amgen Scholars
Undergraduate research presentations (20 pts)
The final step to doing science is communicating it. The typical result is a publication in a peer-reviewed journal, 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 that you visited (*and took time to talk to the presenter*) 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||Snake tongues||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||Ion channels and epilepsy||Tzingounis lab|
|Feb. 29||Dr. Barbara Mellone, MCB||Centromeres, getting a grip of chromosomes||Mellone lab|
|Mar. 7||Dr. Andy Moiseff, PNB||TBA||Moiseff lab|
|Mar. 21||Dr. David Goldhamer, MCB||TBA||Goldhamer lab|
|Mar. 28||Dr. Andy Pask, MCB||TBA||Pask 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|