Undergraduate Research: Independent Students
While undergraduate research is an important part of the curriculum within my courses, I find that supervising students outside of the classroom, who work independently or in small groups provides the maximum benefit for all. The research students play an important role in the classroom as well when they assist with related studies in the classroom. In Spring of 2013, I co-supervised a group of 5 students at North Hennepin Community College. Students worked on DNA barcoding for insects within the Goldenrod Gall System. In Summer of 2013, I also co-supervised two full time summer research students at North Hennepin Community College who were funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant shared with Hamline University and Century College. These students worked on two projects: plains pocket gopher activity in relation to controlled burning and the study of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a fungus that is affecting amphibians world-wide. In Fall of 2013, I was able to hire three students at Inver Hills Community College to continue the amphibian pathogen study and extend a part of it for use within my General Biology courses. Read about theses three research projects or about projects within my curriculum by clicking the links below.