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BI 415 - Senior Research
This course is a limited, but original biological research project which will investigate (a) specific biological question(s) in an experimental manner. Data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted. Conclusions will be derived and/or limitations of the study will be determined. The ultimate results of this project, no matter the degree of success, will be reported in both a written research report of the proper form and as one or more formal oral presentations. Students excelling in this course will gain vital experience in conducting research/collecting data and performing critical analysis in pursuit of the academic scholarly model. Students will train in a focused area under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor who will train them to be a researcher. Undergraduate research students will work collaboratively with their mentor to plan a course of study, formulate appropriate research questions, develop appropriate conceptual and technical skills, evaluate research findings, draw conclusions, and present a scholarly summary of this work in both written and oral reports. The culmination of this regular schedule of study will be formal presentation of research findings in a professional forum and the submission of a written final research report in the format appropriate to the field or discipline. Participants in undergraduate research can expect to present their research findings, or a progress report, at Park's annual Research and Creative Scholarship Forum. The student will also create a poster outlining the research project and results suitable for presentation at a scientific association conference.
Credit Hours: 3:0:3
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