MBL September Courses: September 3 to 21, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 6–7 p.m., BSLC 313
Wednesday, March 7, 6–7 p.m., BSLC 313
An Overview of the Program
The College is offering three courses in September of 2018 at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. These intensive, three-week long courses are designed for students with a strong interest in research in the sciences. All are taught by University of Chicago and MBL faculty, and take advantage of both the unique research strengths and the natural environmental resources found at MBL.
The courses will each meet 5-6 days/week, 8 hours per day, typically with lecture in the mornings and lab or field work in the afternoons. Students may only enroll in one course. Classes are small (15 students maximum), and the teaching environment will allow extensive contact with the instructors. The course topics cross several disciplines; students in majors such as Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Molecular Engineering, Geophysical and Environmental sciences, and Chemistry are particularly encouraged to consider these opportunities.
Each course carries 100 units of credit. All courses count as upper level electives for Biological Sciences majors; for students in other majors, the courses can be used as Biology Topics courses to fulfill the second quarter of the general education requirement in biology. Descriptions for BIOS 27720: Microbiomes Across Environments, BIOS 27721: Observing Proteins in Action: How to Design and Build your own instruments, and BIOS 27723: BIOS 27723. Biodiversity and Genomics: Exploring the marine animal diversity of Woods Hole using molecular tools can be found below.
Students register for a September MBL course as part of their Autumn quarter course load. The courses will take place from September 3 through September 21, 2018. This allows students to return to campus in time for the remainder of the Autumn quarter. Students should plan to arrive by noon of August 31st for orientation. Since the courses at MBL are considered part of Autumn quarter, students who participate in the program will take either two or three hundred units of credit for the rest of the quarter. This is something applicants should consider carefully when looking at major and general education requirements.
For questions about the program, contact Jocelyn Malamy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost and Financial Aid
College participants in the September MBL courses pay regular University of Chicago tuition for Autumn quarter. Additionally, each course has a program fee of $2750, which covers three weeks' dorm-style housing and meals at MBL, as well as all supplies and excursions. Students are responsible for covering their own airfare and related travel expenses to MBL.
Since participants remain fully registered in the College, they retain financial aid eligibility for tuition while at MBL. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for the program fee. Students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply early.
The deadline for Autumn 2018 application is 5 p.m. CST on March 25, 2018.
As part of the application, students may select both their first and second choice course options.
BIOS 27720. Microbiomes Across Environments. 100 Units.
Microbiomes Across Environments provides a comprehensive introduction to microbiome research, tools and approaches for investigation, and a lexicon for biological understanding of the role of microbial communities in environmental and host environments. Microbiome science is an emerging field that bridges disciplines, merging microbiology with genomics, ecosystem science, computation, biogeochemistry, modeling, medicine, surgery, immunology, molecular engineering, and many others, including architecture, social science, chemistry and even economics. In this course we will uncover the vast biochemical and metabolic diversity of the microbial world by examining life in ocean and marine systems, terrestrial ecosystems, and animal (including human) host-associated contexts. Students will develop or strengthen biological field/lab techniques, analyze and compare data prepared from student-collected samples, and will integrate fundamental knowledge, modeling, and theory as it pertains to microbiome research.
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BIOS 27721. Observing Proteins in Action: How to Design and Build Your Own Instruments. 100 Units.
New insights into cell function are now possible using technologies that resolve single molecules. However, as devices become more complicated, we are often faced with three questions: What is it that our instruments actually measure; how can we change the instrument to see a new behavior; and, how do we analyze the data to get the greatest insight? We will learn how to answer these questions by designing, building, and using our own electrical and optical instruments, making measurements, and then analyzing the results. Membrane proteins play an essential role in the behavior of all cells. We will study membrane protein channels in synthetic membranes, host cells, and giant axons from squid collected in the waters surrounding the MBL. The movement of electrical charge produced by conformational changes will be correlated with both the current passing thru single channels and structural information obtained from light and electron microscopy. The course will proceed from simple measurements to student-designed projects.
Instructors: Left to right: A. Correa, E. Perozo, F. Bezanilla, E. Schwartz
BIOS 27723. Biodiversity and Genomics: Exploring the Marine Animal Diversity of Woods Hole Using Molecular Tools. 100 Units.
In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore the large diversity of marine animal species in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and its surroundings. We will combine fieldwork with genomic and bioinformatic approaches to study different aspects of the evolution, ecology, taxonomy, physiology, and biogeography of marine animals in this unique location. Students will integrate knowledge and analytical tools from different biological disciplines to develop short research projects. During the three weeks of the course, students will have access to the Marine Biological Laboratory's collection of living marine animals, participate in ongoing research projects at MBL, and contribute data that will advance our understanding of marine biodiversity.
Articles on 2017 September Courses
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