This combined discussion and laboratory course aims to develop abilities for asking sound research questions, designing
reasonable scientific approaches to answer such questions, and performing experiments to test both the design and
the question. We consider how to assess difficulties and limitations in experimental strategies due to design,
equipment, organism selected, etc. The course provides a detailed understanding of selected modern research equipment.
Students select their own research problem to approach in consultation with one or more biology faculty members.
To ensure maximum student benefit from this course, each student must have a faculty mentor in the Biology Department.