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Research


BIO 425, 426, and 427 form a three-semester sequence of courses required to fulfill the research component for graduation as a Biology major. The first semester begins with an introduction to the skills required throughout the research. Proposals for the following semesters of research are developed and submitted. During the second semester, students work to complete the research outlined in their proposals. The final semester consists of presentation of the results as a publishable manuscript, a poster, and as an oral presentation. The equipment page gives a full list of equipment available for use in student research. As of Spring 2010, BIO 415 is now offered to students (with advisor approval) who prefer a different research route. This one-semester research course covers the development of research projects in groups, culminating in a poster as the presentation component.

To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty members, please visit their webpages.

Recent Student Research

*Project Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant

Research Archives

Title: A comparison of the effect of the three adjuvants on the antibody response to ovalbumin in mice

Student: Jill Evans

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Examining abiotic factors and growth regulators associated with regenerating plant tissue from African mahogany Khaya senegalensis

Student: Megan Nettle

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Influence of temperature on prey escape success between Gambusia affinis and Belonesox belizanus

Student: Justin Williams

Mentor: J.R. Kerfoot

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Measuring the effects of beta-2-glycoprotein on thrombin production through direct inhibition and the prothrombinase complex

Student: Ryan Mantooth

Mentor: Marc Lockett

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Assessing the effects of priority growth and competition of Microstegium vimineum on Liquidambar styraciflua

Student: Mark Kartzinel

Mentor: Michael Schiebout

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Examining wildlife populations in urban vs. rural areas in West Tennessee

Student: William Johnson

Mentor: Andy Madison

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Identification of a fungus in Populus tremula axenic shoot tip cultures and histological study

Student: Jeffery Hirtes

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2013

Title: DNA discrimination in the rbcL gene of Quercus margaretta & Quercus stellata and in Acer rubrum & Acer drummondii

Student: Chelsea David

Mentor: Carol Weaver, Wayne Wofford

Date: Spring 2013

Title: The effects of the feeding habits of sunshine bass on the largemouth bass population in Lake Seminole

Student: Justin Bryan

Mentor: J.R. Kerfoot

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Developing an assay in the analysis on poly(ethyleneglycol) indcued fusing of spleen cells with myeloma cells using calcein am flouorescent labeled B lymphocytes

Student: Andrew DiBenedetto

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Testing potential growth stimulators in the production of hybridoma cell lines

Student: Julie Cobb

Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Effects of DE-71 on Xenopus laevis during metamortphosis and adult development

Student: Jonathan Dissinger

Mentor: Wayne Wofford

Date: Spring 2013

Title: Development of an assay to test for inhibitors of coagulant enzymes factor Xa and thrombin

Student: Liane Gozmao

Mentor: Mark Bolyard

Date: Spring 2013

Title: The evaluation of ticks in West Tennessee for Rickettsia bacteria

Student: Evan Hare

Mentor: James Mahan

Date: Spring 2013

Title: The effects waste water inputs into local fresh water sources have on aquatic Eustrongylides species populations

Student: Daniel Kelley

Mentor: Marc Lockett, James Kerfoot

Date: Spring 2013