01:694: All Research, Honors Courses

MBB Independent Research Courses (01:694:281/282; 381/382; 481/481; 489/490)

These courses are for MBB majors or prospective majors who are conducting independent research projects in a laboratory at Rutgers - New Brunswick.  Students should expect to conduct at least 4-5 hrs of research in the laboratory each week for each credit of research (e.g. Students who take take 3 credits should be in lab 12-15 hrs/week).  A written report (2 double-spaced pages per credit) on their research efforts and results is due at the end of the semester. 

Note: Registration in MBB research courses is by Special Permission only. 

To enroll, students must first find a research advisor to work with and then fill out a Special Permission Form for Undergraduate Research.  After their research advisor has signed the form, they should then meet with their assigned MBB academic advisor to go over their progress in the major and sign the form.  Students will then bring the signed form to the departmental undergraduate secretary, Ms Shalene Montgomery, to obtain a SPN to register for the course.  Students who have not registered in the MBB major should meet with the MBB Undergraduate Director, Prof. Andrew Vershon, to review their academic progress and obtain permission to enroll in a MBB research course.  

A minimum GPA of 2.8 or better is required for registration in all research courses.

Sophomore Laboratory Research 01:694:281 (F), 282 (S), 283 (Su) (1-6, 1-6)

Research project in the laboratory of a Rutgers faculty member. Written report of research carried out during each term required (see http://mbb.rutgers.edu/Research-Reports.html for more information).  This course is intended for first or second year students conducting independent research.  Note: Students doing research in the 694:281/282 courses should also perform research in their third and/or fourth year to count towards the MBB research requirement for graduation. 

Undergraduate Laboratory Research 01:694:381 (F), 382 (S), 384 (Su) (3-6, 3-6)

Research project in the laboratory of a Rutgers faculty member. Written report of research carried out during each term required (see http://mbb.rutgers.edu/Research-Reports.html for more information). This course is intended for third year students conducting independent research.

Undergraduate Laboratory Research and Writing 01:694:385 (F) (3)

Research project in the laboratory of a Rutgers faculty member. One hour seminar each week on writing scientific papers. Satisfies Wd or Wr SAS Core Curriculum Goals.  Several drafts of a written report of research carried out during each term required (see http://mbb.rutgers.edu/Research-Reports.html for more information). This course is intended for second or third year students conducting MBB independent research.

Advanced Undergraduate Laboratory Research 01:694:481 (F), 482 (S), 485 (Su) (3-6, 3-6)

Research project in the laboratory of a Rutgers faculty member. Written report of research carried out during the each term required (see http://mbb.rutgers.edu/Research-Reports.html for more information). Oral presentation of student research presented in 01:694:484 (Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry). This course is intended for fourth year students conducting independent research.

Literature Research in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 01:694:489 (F), 490 (S)(3, 3)

Literature research projects on a selected subject under the direction of a Rutgers or UMDNJ faculty member. Written report of research carried out during the each term required (see http://mbb.rutgers.edu/Research-Reports.html for more information). Students present their research results in 01:694:484 (Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry).

Honors Laboratory Research 01:694:495, 496 (6, 6)

Pre- or Corequisites: 01:694:315, 407-408 and 483
Honors research project in the laboratory of a faculty member. In the fall semester students are required to attend a seminar each week on writing a thesis. Oral presentation of student research presented in 01:694:484 (Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry). Students write an Honors thesis and present their research results in 01:694:484 (Seminar in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry). To qualify, a student must have attained, at the end of the junior year, an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or better and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or better in courses required for the major. Exceptional students not meeting these criteria but wishing to apply for honors research may petition the department chairperson at the beginning of their senior year. Students accepted to the program are expected to complete two terms (6 credits per term) of honors course work. For more information please go to: http://mbb.rutgers.edu/Major/honors.html

These courses fulfill the MBB Departmental Learning Goal(s) as follows:

01:694:281,282 Goals 3,4
01:694:381,382 Goals 3,4
01:694:481, 482 Goals 3,4
01:694:495, 496 Goals 3,4
01:694:489, 490 Goals 3,4

  1. 3. Students should demonstrate the ability to design experiments and critically analyze data.
  2. 4. Students should demonstrate the ability to communicate their research and findings orally through seminar and poster presentations and through written research papers.

For further information about the research courses and on how to find a lab please go to http://mbb.rutgers.edu/UGresearch/MBBresopt.html