2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry with A. Brabban

Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Faculty
Andrew Brabban biology, genetics, microbiology
Fields of Study
biology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
biology, biotechnology, and health sciences.
Description

Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Scientific Inquiry. Research opportunities allow science students to work on specific projects associated with faculty members’ expertise. Students typically begin by working in an apprenticeship model with faculty or laboratory staff and gradually take on more independent projects within the context of the specific research program as they gain experience. Students can develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, modeling and theoretical analysis, written and oral communication, collaboration and critical thinking. These are valuable skills for students pursuing a graduate degree or entering the job market.

Andrew Brabban (biotechnology) studies the physiology and biochemistry of prokaryotes of industrial and agricultural importance. Students who commit at least a full year to a research project, enrolling for 4 to 16 credits each quarter, will learn a broad range of microbiology (both aerobic and anaerobic techniques), molecular (DNA analysis and cloning), and biochemical techniques (chemical and pathway analysis, protein isolation). Students will also have opportunities for internships at the USDA and elsewhere, and to present data at national and international conferences.

Location
Olympia
Books
Greener Store
Upper Division Science Credit
Upper division credit awarded for upper division work.
Offered During
Day