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CURES in BIO: Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences

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BIO 1405/1406: Investigations of Modern Biology Concepts I and II

These courses are alternatives to the BIO 1305/1105 and 1306/1106 Modern Concepts of Bioscience courses.  Students in these courses work on research-based projects and have ownership of the questions and results generated from their work.  The learning goals focus on students experiencing an authentic scientific discovery and practicing the skills required for scientific communication.  Students have a chance to publish and contribute to the scientific literature, and to present their work at Scholars Day or other scientific meetings.  This early experience in research prepares students to be competitive for additional undergraduate research experiences.  Currently we have two sections of these courses, Wetland Biology led by Dr. Marty Harvill, and BEARS in the SEA, led by Dr. Tamarah Adair.

BIO 1406: Wetland Biology

This one semester course began in the spring 2009 as product of Robert Foster Cherry Award recipient Dr. Stephen D. Davis’ time in the Department of Biology.  The goal of the course is allow students to experience a research project from the beginning to the end. During the course the students will complete laboratory safety training, write a simple grant proposal, and generate their own research question. Working in groups of three students they will develop a hypothesis and an experimental design to test their hypothesis. As a part of their final grade they will present their research poster and write a paper. In the spring of the next year they will present their poster at Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Scholars Week.

BIO 1405/1406: BEARS in the SEA: Biology Education and Research Students in the Science Education Alliance

(Biology Education and Research Students in the Science Education Alliance)

This two-semester sequence began in the fall of 2010 as a SEA-PHAGE course funded by HHMI. The SEA Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science, or PHAGES, project is built around a national experiment in bacteriophage genomics. Students isolate, name, sequence, and analyze newly discovered bacteriophages. Students make significant contributions to the field of genomics as they learn how to think like scientists.

BIO 1105/1106 CILI-CURE: Ciliate Investigative Learning Initiative-Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience

The world needs a new generation of trained biologists to solve the “Grand Challenges” of our world!  These challenges include understanding the organism’s role in the environment, assembling the “Tree of Life”, developing tools and models to understand the dynamic interconnected systems of life, understanding genomes and how they produce organisms, and understanding the paradox of stability and change in evolutionary history. These challenges are applicable for global health, sustainable agriculture, clean air, water, and energy.

To that end, our overall goal for this course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) is to provide you with a real research problem using strategies that improve your learning and introduce you to scientific writing and communication. In the process you will learn about an amazing group of single-cell eukaryotic organisms (The Ciliates!) and Bio-laboratory skills that will lay the foundation for future learning. Contact Dr. Adair for more information

BIO 1V90: Laparoscopic 1 and 2 (Fall and Spring Terms)

This two semester course began in the fall 2017 as an idea of Jacob Moran (former Baylor student) to create a cost-effective box trainer that would allow a person to effectively improve their performance in completing laparoscopic exercises. The trainer and exercises were inspired by various designs used by training programs today. The goal of the course is to allow students to develop a research project using the laparoscopic training box. During the course the students will generate their own research question using the training exercises as a baseline. As a part of their final grade they will present their research poster and write a paper. In the spring of the next year they will present their poster at Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Scholars Week.

BIO 4108:  Developmental Biology - C. elegans research

This lab accompanies the lecture course in Cell and Developmental Biology taught by Dr. Myeongwoo Lee.  Students use the model organism C. elegans as they study the effects of compounds on developmental pathways. 


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