Expectations of the CORE program

Student participants will

Spring Semester (sophomore or junior year)

  • meet an hour a week in the BioMath Forum.
  • spend at least 2 hours a week
    • reading and summarizing background literature
    • implement newly-aquired techniques to analyze existing data or reproduce published results
    • providing feedback on CORE program
  • meet with local scientists from the US Geological Survey and visit the Upper Mississippi Environmental Science Center
  • form a partnership with another student participant (with different major)
  • develop your own research hypothesis/proposal based upon your literature review and discussions with faculty mentors and visiting scientists

Summer Semester

  • spend 10 weeks (approximately 40 hours a week) working with faculty on summer research project
    • collecting empirical data in the field
    • analyzing data
    • building and testing models
    • writing a summary of results
  • attend weekly CORE meetings
  • attend weekly Dean's Distinguished Summer Fellowship lectures
  • travel to the national Ecological Society of America conference
  • (participate in fun recreational CORE activities - kayaking, hiking, trip to Pigeon Lake Biological Station)

Fall Semester (junior or senior year)

  • meet two hours a week in the Mathematical Methods in Biology capstone
    • discuss results with two visiting mathematical biology researchers
  • participate in three 30 minute oral presentations during the fall semester
  • create a series of three five-minute podcasts that will
    1. outline your overall research experience,
    2. present a portion of your research in a way that is appropriate for students in lower-division courses,
    3. outline any 'future steps' that may enhance the results obtained during the summer and fall semesters.
  • generate a scientific paper providing an introduction to the question studied, the methods employed, an outline of results and your interpretation.

Spring Semester (junior or senior year)

  • Participate in a twenty-minute oral presentation at the UW-L Celebration of Research and Creativity.

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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's UBM program under Award No. 1029041. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.