What I Expect of
Undergraduate Research Students
Science can be a lot of fun, but itís also a lot of
work. Consequently, students who are most successful are those that are
enthusiastic and self-motivated. As a general rule, students working
with me should:
- be willing to discuss ideas and ask questions.
- be willing to help formulate research ideas
that are relevant to their own interests (donít worry, Iím here to
help with this).
- be willing to participate in all aspects of a
research project, including (but not limited to) experimental
design, data collection, data analysis, writing proposals and
reports, and disseminating the results to the scientific community.
- conduct research in an honest and ethical
I strongly encourage all of my UR students to do
each of the following:
- Sign up for 1 credit-hour of BIOL396 (section
10) for each semester in which they work with me. That way they
receive course credit for all of the work they do.
- Apply for research funding through the ATP
program or other sources. Applying for grant money is an important
part of the process of scientific research, and successful grant
applications look very good to employers and graduate schools.
- Present the results of their research projects
at a local, regional, or national conference (and minimally at the
Biology Departmentís Friday Informal Seminar Hour). Again, this is
a critical part of the research process. If the results are not
made public, a study makes no contribution to the scientific
- Have fun! The idea is to find a question
about which youíre curious, and enjoy searching for the answer.
That joy of discovery is what got me into science, and I hope it
will do the same for you.