BIOPHYS 399 - Research in Biophysics
Section: 001
Term: SS 2010
Subject: Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
Department: LSA Biophysics
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).

Research in a modern research laboratory under the direction and supervision of a faculty member is a required part of the biophysics curriculum to prepare students adequately for their future career as a biophysicist in academic or industrial research.

This course number is used for an individualized research experience in biophysics under the guidance of a biophysics faculty member. If a non-biophysics faculty member serves as the principal mentor, a biophysics faculty member must be identified as a co-mentor. Students need permission from their biophysics faculty mentor before they can enroll in this course. Typically, students will work on a small, well-defined project that may subsequently turn into a senior or honors thesis.

The student is expected to work on a research project under the direct supervision of the faculty mentor, who accepts responsibility for all aspects of the student’s work. A typical average weekly workload for the student is three times the number of credit hours. The faculty mentor may delegate some day-to-day supervisory functions to a post-doc or graduate student, but the mentor is nonetheless expected to meet regularly with the student and monitor his or her progress. The mentor is also responsible for assigning a grade at the end of the semester. In case of co-mentorship for a project under the guidance of a non-biophysics faculty member, the biophysics co-mentor is expected to take responsibility for the overall appropriateness of the project, ensure that the principal mentor fulfills his or her mentoring obligations towards the student, and, in consultation with the principal mentor, assign a grade.

At the end of the semester, the student will submit a one-page report on his or her research project to the faculty mentor, who will submit a copy to the Biophysics business office for the records of the program.

Intended audience: Biophysics concentrators at the junior or senior level.

Course Requirements: Grades will be based on the quality of the laboratory work.

Class Format: Independent study in a research laboratory

BIOPHYS 399 - Research in Biophysics
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