Admitted students experienced Birmingham-Southern at the Select 'Southern event held on March 1-2, 2015.
An advanced exploration of the practices and techniques of biological research focusing on the design, conduction, and presentation of experiments, data analysis, and information retrieval. Two units are required, one of which may be in the Exploration Term or summer session. During the first term, students will consult with their research advisors and the course facilitator to (a) develop and write a formal research proposal based on literature related to the topic, (b) give an oral presentation of the proposal to the class, and (c) begin their research. During the first term, students will lead discussions of research articles related to their projects.
During the second term, students will (a) give a progress report, (b) complete their research, (c) write a thesis in the form of a scientific article, and (d) prepare an oral presentation summarizing the results of their research. Students will be expected to devote as much time to this course as that required of an upper-level laboratory course. Research may be conducted off-campus if suitable supervision can be arranged. Interdisciplinary research projects are also encouraged. Students conducting their first term of research in the fall, spring, or summer will register for BI 470. Students conducting their second term of research in the fall, spring, or summer will register for BI 472. During Exploration Term, students will register for BI 499, but may only use Exploration Term for the second term of the capstone requirement (BI 470 will not be offered during the Exploration Term term).
Here’s how some students fit directed research into their term sequences:
In the first term of directed research, you will:
In the second term of directed research, you will: