BSCI 348R is a course where a student is offered the opportunity to perform research under the supervision of a Ph.D. researcher/Principal Investigator who is external to the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, usually in a laboratory at one of the government agencies, industrial corporations, or hospitals in the greater Washington, D.C. - Baltimore, MD area.
The purpose of this course is to provide an additional learning experience by means of a structured project and by expanding the student's exposure to a particular area of Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Genomics or Molecular Biology. By working off-campus the student has the opportunity to function in a different setting, gain additional (or new) experiences with a variety of instruments, listen to other viewpoints, and generally establish a certain degree of confidence in knowing that she/he can function in such a non-college setting.
Thus far, students have worked on numerous projects, both applied and basic, ranging from agricultural to medical in nature. A few of the participating organizations have been the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as well as other departments on the College Park campus which lack an applicable research credit course.
BSCI 348R is sponsored by the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. Each semester a faculty member will serve as the Instructor for the course. However, this course will not be a traditional lecture variety. The following needs to be completed for this course: