The NMSU Biology Department with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is increasing persistence in science by nurturing students’ interest in science and providing support for them to succeed in their majors.This is accomplished by:
- enhancing NMSU biology courses to incorporate a research-based component,
- by providing in and out of classroom support to students through peer instructors and peer advisers, and
- by offering undergraduate research opportunities.
BIOLOGY 309: Guided Biological Research Lab, Spring 2017.
Biology 309 is a discovery-driven training opportunity for the next generation of biologists. It is a 13.5-week intensive lecture and laboratory course held at Foster Hall in Spring 2017 and taught by Dr. Graciela Unguez. Tentatively the course will be divided into four cycles, each lasting three weeks. In each cycle, students will participate in a laboratory module. The laboratory modules constitute the largest part of the course. Working in pairs, students gain hands-on experience using experimental equipment and tools, and how to think about the study of neurobiology, regeneration and behavior using modern techniques. Students will carry out their own research projects and prepare formal presentations to disseminate their results to the Las Cruces community. Additionally, students will learn the history, general concepts, important issues, and future directions for research in neurobiology and regeneration.