Ohio Center for Ecology & Evolutionary Studies
Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies
The UnderGraduate Research Immersion Program
The special learning community of OCEES faculty, post-docs, visiting professors, and graduate students provides the opportunity to engage EEB undergraduates in scientific inquiry-based learning and research. The UGRIP program is open to all students interested in ecology and evolutionary biology and organismal biology on a competitive basis. It consists of two components (see below) designed to engage students during freshman through senior years with research engagement and a formal research course experience in the junior/ senior years. Our philosophy is to invoke research experience early and in parallel with their core major requirements, then add formal research experience as upper classmen. UGRIP graduates will receive research experience that improves their competitiveness for future employment/ academic opportunities.
GETTING INTO UGRIP
UGRIP accepts new applications from freshman, sophomores, and juniors interested in EEB research at OU each October. Students from participating departments (Biological Sciences, Environmental and Plant Biology, Geology, Geography, Philosophy) are welcome. Students are evaluated on academic standing, GPA, their application materials and statement of research interest. Accepted students will be notified in late October and will be registered in BIOS 3880 for Spring Semester (time tba) . This course is limited to UGRIP students only.
Application forms are available HERE. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
UGRIP Course Components
Component 1: OCEES SEMINAR SERIES
BIOS (3880) Undergraduate Research Inquiry & Analysis in EEB
time / room TBA
2 Cr. Hr. course each spring semester
UGRIP students will attend research seminars weekly (which are also attended by the OCEES student body and faculty) and follow up each presentation with a tutorial discussing the research with the presenter. This new undergraduate seminar program will bring in visiting speakers to add more formal and more diverse research exposure to the UGRIP students and our OCEES community. This goal is to immerses the UGRIP students into research thinking and methods early and throughout their undergraduate tenure. Because of the variety of speakers in the program (peers, graduate students, post-docs, faculty and visiting researchers) the participants are exposed to a wide variety of research areas, methods, and types of oral presentations. UGRIP students take BIOS 3880 each spring semester in each year enrolled up to a total of 8 credits.
Component 2: Formal Research Immersion Courses (3 cr. hrs.)
This component of the UGRIP program involves active engagement in research offered in existing undergraduate research related or directed research courses (listed below). UGRIP students must complete one quarter (3 cr. hrs.) of directed undergraduate research courses during their sophomore though senior years.
Component 2 course list:
BIOS 4910 Biological internship
BIOS 4930 Topics in biological sciences
BIOS 4940 Undergraduate research
BIOS 4940H Honors research
BIOS 4941 Senior research and thesis
BIOS 4570 Animal systematics
GEOG 4660 Principles of remote sensing
GEOG 4730 Principles of GIS
GEOG 4800 Senior seminar
GEOG 4900 Special topics in geography
GEOG 4910 Geography internship
GEOG 4930 Independent study
GEOG 4990H Honors in geography
GEOL 4910 Field Camp I
GEOL 4760 Subsurface methods
GEOL 4811 Groundwater flow modeling
GEOL 4900 Seminar in geology
GEOL 4901 Geologic studies
GEOL 3910 Geology Internship
GEOL 4940 Senior thesis
PBIO 3935H Thesis development
PBIO 4090 Plant systematics
PBIO 4945H Senior thesis
PBIO 4850 Capstone in plant biology
PBIO 4910 Plant biology internship
PBIO 4940 Undergraduate research
For more information: call 740 593-9669 or contact Dr. WIllem Roosenburg are firstname.lastname@example.org The Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies, Department of Biological Sciences, 107 Irvine Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701.