Open only to senior Genetics majors. Special permission numbers can obtained by emailing
This course replaces 01:447:403 for Honors students. Students in Honors Research in Genetics are required to complete an extensive thesis and give an oral presentation. This course will support students as they develop their written and oral presentations.
· To learn about the components of a senior thesis
· To gain a better understanding behind the rationale of the student's own thesis research
· To learn the scientific writing style
· To discuss methods of scientific analysis, including statistical analysis of data
· To learn how to critique the scientific writing style of others
· To learn how to revise one's own writing
· To write the Introduction and Methods section of the student's thesis
· To learn how to present the student's research in a Powerpoint slide presentation
Course Satisfies Learning Goals
- Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.
- At the end of four years, all our students will be able to design an experiment, carry out the research using the appropriate laboratory techniques and analyze and interpret their data. They will also be able to communicate their discoveries through a written article appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed Genetics journal, and through talks or posters appropriate for scientific meetings.
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
Students are responsible for all materials related to this course, including material presented in class, material posted on line (Sakai), and assigned reading. Participants are expected to attend all meetings of the course. An anticipated absence should be discussed with an instructor prior to the date in question. Grades will be based on class participation and the quality of the written and oral assignments.
** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.