120.871.01 BMB SCM PREPARATORY INDEPENDENT STUDY/ESSAY
Students experience one-on-one independent study with a departmental faculty member who assumes the role of ScM thesis advisor. Prepares students for undertaking an independent research project for the ScM degree. Students independently review papers from the current literature and meet weekly with the faculty advisor to discuss them. Complementary activities may include participation in lab meetings, journal paper discussions, seminars, conferences, research retreats, etc. Culminates with the completion of a written document, either a research proposal based on the intended thesis research and/or a literature review designed to provide the background for the intended research project.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) summarize and discuss the state of knowledge of specific fields of research that are related to the intended ScM research project, (2) state the rationale, hypothesis and specific aim(s) of the intended ScM research project, and discuss the background studies fundamental to this project, and (3) engage as an active participant in research meetings as a result of acquiring the necessary knowledge foundation.
Departmental approval of student transfer to ScM program and consent of prospective ScM advisor