• Assists students with their Honors project. Emphasis will be on analysis of research data and writing the discussion. Student will be expected to complete their results and discussion sections of their thesis. Students will also prepare both a fifteen minute platform talk and a much longer talk for their thesis defense. Finally, they will prepare a poster that explains their research to the general public.  
  • Semester Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Core Curriculum: WCr, WCd


Concurrent registration in 447:409 (or equivalent college-based Honors Program); By special permission number only.

Course Description

Research in Genetics- Writing Intensive is intended to provide you with an opportunity to engage in original laboratory research under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor, usually in the faculty member’s research laboratory. You are expected to carry out your own research project. NOTE: this research requires a heavy commitment of time and effort and can impact your performance in coursework, especially if you have not yet managed the foundational material for the discipline. Click here to see the expectations (see page 2). 

The Department of Genetics requires a minimum of 6 credits of Independent Scholarship taken with a single advisor over two semesters (except for the Genetic Counseling Rotation, which may be performed under more than one advisor). The Research in Genetics - Writing Intensive course, 447:410 (Fall/Spring), is one option to complete this requirement.

Course Syllabi

Spring 2024 Syllabus

Fall 2024 Syllabus

Course Satisfies Genetics Departmental 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.

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals:
Writing and Communication, Revision (WCr)

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy




Research mentor's evaluation of your work. At the end of the semester, the department will send your research mentor a grading rubric through Qualtrics to provide his/her grade for your time in the lab and for your Semester Research Paper (see Research Mentor's Grade assignment for more details).


Completing other course requirements (ON TIME!)

·     Points will be taking off for submitting late assignments. It is your responsibility to know when each is due. I have set Canvas to take an automatic 15% reduction for each 24 hours the assignment is late (i.e., 25 hours = 30%).

There are 4 assignments for this course- review the details for each on the Canvas course site. 

·     7% course grade: Submitting Detailed Proposal Form

·     2% course grade: SURVEY: Current Independent Scholarship project and mentor information

·     2% course grade: SURVEY: Additional research/independent scholarship credits

·     4% course grade: Submitting your Semester Research Paper to this Canvas site

Course Materials

No required textbook

Course Closed?

Registration is by SPN only. This course is only for Genetics majors. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an SPN.


Dr. Gary Heiman

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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.