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Course Information

Description & Goals

Catalog Descriptions:

BIOL 0500 Independent Study (Fall, Winter, Spring)
In this course students complete individual projects involving laboratory and/or field research or extensive library study on a topic chosen by the student and a faculty advisor. Prior to registering for BIOL 0500, a student must have discussed and agreed upon a project topic with a member of the Biology Department faculty. Additional requirements include participation in weekly meetings with disciplinary sub-groups and attending all Biology Department seminars. This course is not open to seniors; seniors should enroll in BIOL 0700, Senior Independent Study. (Approval required) 3 hrs. disc.

BIOL 0700 Senior Independent Study (Fall, Winter, Spring)
In this course students complete individual projects involving laboratory and/or field research or extensive library study on a topic chosen by the student and a faculty advisor. Prior to registering for BIOL 0700, a student must have discussed and agreed upon a project topic with a member of the Biology Department faculty. Additional requirements include participation in weekly meetings with disciplinary sub-groups and attending all Biology Department seminars. (Approval required; open only to seniors) 3 hrs. disc.

BIOL 0701 Senior Thesis (Fall, Spring)
Seniors majoring in Biology who have completed one or more semesters of BIOL 0500 or BIOL 0700 and who plan to complete a thesis should register for BIOL 0701. In this course students will produce a written thesis, deliver a public presentation of the research on which it is based, and present an oral defense of the thesis before a committee of at least three faculty members. Additional requirements include participation in weekly meetings with disciplinary sub-groups and attending all Biology Department seminars. Open to Biology and joint Biology/Environmental Studies majors. (BIOL 0500 or BIOL 0700 or waiver; instructor approval required for all students) 3 hrs. disc.

Course Goals
Provide students with an opportunity to conduct independent research in biology.
Provide students the opportunity for close (one-on-one) contact with the faculty advisor for their research.
Promote opportunities for interactions among students across disciplines.
Provide opportunities for students to interact with seminar speakers and other departmental visitors

As a student of Biology 500/700/701 you are expected to:

  • Prepare and submit a budget and full budget justification at the beginning of the semester detailing the expected expenses of the research project. This will be approved by the advisor and department chair. A photocopy of the budget will be made by the department coordinator before being returned to the student.¬† It is your responsibility to read and adhere to all of the funding guidelines presented on the "Funding Your Research" and "Preparing Your Budget" pages of the BIOL 500/700/701 website.
  • Attend all meetings and present results/progress report on research efforts once per semester.
  • Attend all departmental seminars, and participate in the informal interactions with seminar speakers when appropriate.
  • Spend at least 1 additional contact hour per week with advisor, alone and/or in lab group meetings.

Course Director (Fall 2014-Spring 2015):
Dave Allen
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 372
dallen@middlebury.edu
443-5218

Where And When:
Meeting Format for Biology 500/700/701
The design of Biology 500/700/701 recognizes that there are three "spheres of interaction" in which students and faculty participate: (1) one-on-one contact between student and advisor, (2) interactions among all students and faculty with common research interests, and (3) interactions among all members of the biology department and between the biology department and its guests. We have designed a variety of meetings within Biology 500/700/701 in order to promote all three interactions. As participants in Biology 500/700/701, you are required to attend the following meetings.

General Schedule
One day a week (see subgroup head for specific day) 12:30-1:20: reserved for meetings of students & faculty within sub-disciplines. These intra-disciplinary meetings might utilize a variety of formats, but will probably include student presentations, discussions of methodological issues, brainstorming or problem-solving sessions. Students should attend meetings of the sub-discipline that is most appropriate for their research.

One day a week (usually W) 12:30-1:20: reserved for meetings between students and their advisor. This may take the form of one-on-one meetings, or lab group meetings. This meeting will be scheduled by the advisor, and students should consult with their advisor to determine the format and scheduling of this meeting.

Friday 12:30-1:20: Reserved for departmental seminars. BIOL 0500, BIOL 0700 and BIOL 0701 students are required to attend all departmental seminars, including seminars scheduled during time periods other than this Friday time slot. Informal lunches or other gatherings between speakers and small groups of interested students will also be scheduled whenever possible.