FIRST-YEAR SCHOLAR SPECIFIC COURSES
BIOLOGY 332: GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS (GRE) MATH SKILLS
This course covers basic topics in algebra, geometry and statistical reasoning. The topics are connected to GRE test taking strategies and problem solving techniques as the Scholars attempt to solve practice GRE quantitative reasoning problems. The Scholars are familiarized with the three distinct sections of the mathemaical portion of the general GRE examination:
quantitative comparisons, problem solving and data interpretation. The Scholars are encouraged to study and practice problems with and without solutions. There are written and online practice GRE mathematics tests.
BIOLOGY 333: GRADUATE RECORDS EXAMINATIONS (GRE) VERBAL AND ANALYTICAL WRITING
This course covers comprehensive understanding of vocabulary, analogies, sentence completions, reading and writing comprehension, and analytical writing skills. The goal of the course is accomplished through lectures, classroom assignments, homework assignments and practice exams using actual GRE test questions. Test taking skills and strategies are emphasized. At the beginning of the course, Scholars take a diagnostic test so that the course can be tailored to their needs. During the course, Scholars are given insight into the level, format, content and adaptation to computer testing skills for the GRE exam through continued practice on actual GRE tests.
BIOLOGY 450: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE
This is an interdisciplinary course designed to enable students with an interest in biologically relevant research to critically read, interpret, and present research literature. The capstone experience for the class is a written review of the scientific literature in the student's selected area of interest and an oral presentation.
BIOLOGY 451: SENIOR SEMINAR
This course integrates skills students have acquired in hands-on research experiences with knowledge of relevant research literature to culminate in a research paper. Students will learn how to write an original research paper, based on their own data, and will present and defend their work in oral presentation format in front of an audience of faculty and fellow students.
BIOLOGY 452: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
This is a laboratory course designed to introduce Scholars to current methodology and techniques involved in biomedical research. Laboratory topics and methodologies used in this course include:
Determining cell viability using a Hemocytometer
Pipeting and diluting solutions
Agarose gel electro- phoresis
DNA digestion using restriction enzymes
Fundamental laboratory procedures covered include:
Use of scientific method
Controlled and experimental variables
Writing lab reports
Use of statistics in analyses
In addition, Scholars learn how to do literature searches, find structure files, and model proteins using Cn3D. Lastly, Scholars are required to present a research article related to their particular area of research.
Lastly, the MARC U*STAR Scholars select topics and write their review paper based on their mentor-directed research projects.
SECOND-YEAR SCHOLAR SPECIFIC COURSE
BIOLOGY 456-CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE
The goal of this course is to provide Scholars with the ability to read and clearly understand scientific research papers in the natural sciences and to be able to integrate such understanding into their own writing. The articles reviewed have emphasis on biomedically relevant research. Scholars are trained first, to analyze different forms of scientific papers for their structure and content. Subsequently, they will present and clearly discuss (in oral and written form) scientific papers in their chosen area of research to their classmates and to the instructor(s). In addition to the course director, instructors from chemistry, physics and computational science disciplines will give lectures illustrating their specific discipline and publication guidelines. Scholars are expected to build on their basic knowledge in the biological and physical sciences by learning how researchers formulate their hypotheses, design studies, and present and interpret data in the multi-disciplinary realm of contemporary biomedical/bioenvironmental research.