Research Opportunities

Research Topic: Virology / Microbiology

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Research Description: The distribution and abundance of shiga toxin producing microbes in the environment. Shiga toxin is the protein responsible for E. Coli and we examine the environmental distribution of these microbes with the hopes of better understanding how individuals may acquire this bacterial pathogen.

Student Learning: Students will learn DNA and protein based techniques such as DNA isolation, quantitative PCR, gel electrophoresis, in-situ hybridization, protein purification, western bolts, etc.

Career Training: This research opportunity prepares students for graduate school, biotechnology, medical school, veterinarian school, etc.

Research Topic: Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainability Research
Research Description: Sustainable methods of food production that minimize chemical inputs lead to a healthier and biologically diverse soil ecosystem.

Student Learning: Students learn practical methods of low input food production and sound principals of experimental design.

Career Training: graduate school or work in the biotechnical industry

Research Topic: Marine Environmental

Marine Environment Research
Research Description: Harvesting and establishing continued growth of coral fragments from original parent hard or soft corals

Student Learning: Sterite techniques, harvesting protocol, water quality, quantitative growth measurements

Career Training: Marine or freshwater science, environmental, graduate school

Research Topic: Neuroanatomy

Neuroanatomy Research
Research Description: The mapping and distribution of neurons that provide sub cortical projections to the mediodorsal thalamic nucleus in monkey brains

Student Learning: Students learn neuroanatomy and microscopy by making drawings of brain sections and plotting the distribution of neurons

Career Training: graduate school, medical school

Research Topic: Physiological Ecology

Physiological Ecology Research
Research Description: Environmental challenges (temperature, water availability, UV, etc.) that animals face and the adaptive strategies used for survival

Student Learning: ecological field techniques, dissection, fluorescent microscopy, biochemical assays, lipid/protein isolation, assessment of physiological tolerance

Career Training: graduate school, medical school, veterinary school, research job

Research Topic: Wildlife and Conservation Genetics

Wildlife and Conservation Genetics
Research Description: Using genetics to investigate how species are interconnected, especially plants and animals of conservation concern

Student Learning: DNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA and fragment analysis, reading and analyzing scientific data

Career Training: wildlife/fisheries management, graduate school, biotechnology

Events

Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

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