First Year Research Experience Poster Session
Twenty-two first-semester biology undergraduate students publically presented their research with a poster session in the lobby of Lilly Hall on December, 8th. The work presented was conducted as part of the Biology 14501 First Year Research Experience (FYRE) introductory biology laboratory course. In this class, teams of 3-4 students work together on a novel research project as a context to learn essential skills and concepts for biological laboratory work and gain first-hand experience with the process of scientific discovery. The overarching objective of the research project for the semester was to test the hypothesis that there are microscopic changes in the brain that correlate with documented age-related hearing loss in an animal model of aging. This project is a collaboration between Stephanie Gardner, who teaches the course and conducts neuroanatomy research, and Edward Bartlett.