The undergraduate research project is a major part of a
science student's career at Warren Wilson College. All students
majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and Mathematics
undertake a major research project their junior/senior year. Recent and
current projects can be seen in the links below. Click here for Spring 2012 syllabus.
Page with attendance records and syllabus quiz.
Science Seminar Schedules:
2005 - 2006
and abstracts (cont'd):
Previous year(s) syllabi
The research effort begins during the fall of the junior year as each science student enrolls in Research Design , where students are introduced to tools and methodologies for beginning a research project. Each student then begins the research project while registered for NSS Research with a faculty research mentor. Each student enrolls in the Natural Science Seminar (SCI 491 or SCI 492) for one semester in which he/she listens and partially evaluates all the other research presentations by their peers. Finally each student enrolls in Natural Science and Mathematics Research Communication (SCI 493) for presentation, publishing, and listening to other presentations.
Juniors will begin the process of selecting a research project. Activities will involve attending lectures which describe the research process, searching the literature, statistical design, and presentation of research results. Students will also attend the Natural Science and Mathematics seminar.
This course is for students doing research for their natural science seminar. After completing SCI 390 Research Design, students are ready to begin their independent research project. Working directly with a faculty research advisor, students will finalize their hypothesis, develop detailed experimental design plans, become familiar with the current scientific literature related to their topic, and collect and analyze data.
NSS Seminar (SCI 491, SCI 492)
The students attend the research presentations by seniors and faculty and partially evaluate their peers' presentations.
NSS Research Communication
(Note: This used to be called NSS Presentation.
One of the most essential skills for natural scientists is the ability to investigate, organize, and present concepts and data to one's peers - both orally and in a formal paper. This is the purpose of the Natural Science and Mathematics Research Communication. In addition to serving as a forum for presenting and discussing student research, the seminar brings together the staff and students in the natural sciences and math to exchange ideas and perspectives.