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CMB 5594

Directed Research in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences

Credits: 1-4 credits

Grading Scale:  A-F or S/N

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Course Coordinator: Director of Graduate Studies, CMB Graduate Program; individual faculty serve as research advisors based on student interest.

Course Description: Independent study as determined by instructor.  Usual activity includes conduct of research in the instructor’s laboratory. 

Statement of Objectives: This research based course is intended for advanced undergraduate or M.S. program graduate students.  The objective of this course is to provide experience in the conduct of basic or clinical investigations in comparative biomedical sciences.  The student will be expected to display an increased understanding of a research area as well as mastery of one or more techniques.  Also, graduate students may utilize this credit for the preparation of a major grant proposal that would support their graduate studies.  This activity does NOT include preparation of the written preliminary exam proposal nor the thesis proposal itself. 

Course Assignments: As determined by instructor

Evaluation Procedures: Students who obtain credits in this course via laboratory or field-based research will present a summary of their learning experience by one of the options noted below.  The instructor determines which format the student will use for the report.

      1) Submission of a report (10 pages maximum) describing the research problem, the approach and techniques implemented to answer the question, and data generated.  This report will be graded by the instructor and the DGS, with possible input by the Program Advisor Committee if necessary.

      2) Presentation of a 20 minute research seminar as part of the CMB8550 seminar series at the end of the semester in which the research is conducted or at the beginning of the following semester.

    3) Presentation of a research poster at a national meeting or during the College of Veterinary Medicine Research Days Symposium

      Students who earn credits in this course for the purposes of a research proposal preparation will receive a grade only upon submission of a full-length research proposal in which they are the Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator.  Grant proposals to National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, or the United States Department of Agriculture are acceptable.  Proposals to other major funding agencies are acceptable with prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies or the Program Advisory Committee.

Text and Reference Materials: No required texts.  Readings as determined by the instructor.

Supplementary Information:  Students should register for 1 credit per 8 h/week of laboratory or study activity.  A maximum of 4 credits can be earned per semester.  No more than 4 credits will be counted toward CMB degree requirements. 

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.

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