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Accelerated Version of the Life Science Freshman Research Scholars Program

[If you have not already RSVP'd to the program itself, please do so FIRST by clicking here.]

This year an exciting, new option is available for LSFRS scholars to take an accelerated version of the program based on research on microbial diversity. This option is based on the huge scientific opportunity provided by the recent discovery that a large fraction of microbial diversity remains largely unstudied, but is now accessible through recent advances in DNA sequencing technology and genome science.

In this microbial diversity option of the LSFRS program, students will:

  • Work with Dr. Wouter Hoff as their LSFRS faculty mentor, and will work with him to complete their research proposals, research plans, poster preparation and presentation, and final manuscripts. In addition, students will still enroll in A&S2000 as part of the standard LSFRS program and fulfill all appropriate requirements.
  •  Students selecting this option will also enroll in 2 credit hours of MICR 4990 during the Fall semester and will work in the MICR 2012 Microbiology Lab 1 with Dr. Garry Marley as their instructor for these MICR 4990 credits. The work performed by the students with Dr. Marley will form the basis for the completion of their writing and presentation tasks with Prof. Youssef. Note: these MICR 4990 credits can count towards the credits needed for students to obtaining their BS degree.
  • The LSFRS scholars will work with students enrolled in MICR 4012 and will be in charge of screening strains isolated by students enrolled in MICR 4112 to identify the most exciting novel microorganisms. These novel strains will be sent out for total genome sequencing and will subsequently be subjected to bioinformatic analysis by OSU undergraduate students in the Spring. These activities are designed to result in genome announcement publications with LSFRS students as coauthors.
  • The LSFRS scholars involved in this option will be encouraged to work as a team to perform the screening of exciting novel microbial strains and submit their presentations and manuscripts as a group project.
  • LSFRS scholars in this project will complete their required research in January. They will still need to present their research poster and submit their final manuscript by the end of the Spring semester.
  • OPTIONAL: Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the Microbial Genomics course in the Spring, in which they will work on the bioinformatics analysis of these new genomes that they isolated in the Fall under the guidance of Prof. Hoff.

A limited number of slots is available for this new option, and LSFRS scholars who apply for this option will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

If this project is for you,  submit your name below for selection. 

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