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CMB 8394

Directed Research in Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Credits: 1-6 credits

Grading Scale:  S/N only

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a Ph.D. program and 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: The objective is to provide intensive 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 technique.  

Course Assignments: As determined by instructor. 

Evaluation Procedures: The student will present a summary of their learning experience by one of two option noted below.  The instructor will determine 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. 

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 6 credits can be earned per semester.  No more than 6 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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