MCDB 300 is intended primarily for juniors, including Biology or CMB Honors students, who wish to pursue independent research at an intermediate level in an area of biological science. Students may ask an appropriate faculty member in the Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology to direct the research project and supervise related readings. Alternatively, students may identify a research advisor in another LS&A department, the UM Medical School, or another unit on the UM campus. Students conducting independent research in such outside units must identify a co-sponsor within the Department of MCDB. Independent research is defined as a laboratory project in which the student will have a say in the design, conduct, and interpretation of experiments. Library research projects and lab projects which are strictly a technical training experience do not qualify for credit as undergraduate research. A final paper is required and must be approved by the research advisor.