BIOL 4890/4890S - Undergraduate Research is a research course designed
mainly for biology major. Students conduct a research project under
the supervision of faculty. The faculty recommendation must have approval of
the head of the biology department. A written abstract and an oral
presentation of the results by the student must be presented at the end of
the semester. A maximum of five credit hours of Biology 4890 may be counted
toward the 22 (BA) or 32 (BSB) credit hours needed in Biology Elective
course work. Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.75 and junior standing.
Students interested in taking Biol 4890 with Dr. Fang must talk to Dr. Fang
first. The course under the direction of Dr. Fang focuses on bio-technology related
research training through hands-on lab experiences. Students carry out a small research project
independently with help from Dr. Fang and his graduate students working in Dr.
The class schedule is flexible and no regular lectures, quizzes, and
exams are offered or required in the course. The final grade of the course
is determined by student's performances
in his/her research project. At the end of class, Student is required
to write a short report of his/her research results and give a short
(usually 5- minutes) presentation or a poster at a special Biol 4890 seminar
or poster session.
Over 20 undergraduate students have taken this course with Dr. Fang and some
undergraduates have been co-authors of peer-reviewed paper published.
hours: 3 or 4 credit hours.
To enroll in Biol 4890 course, you must meet with Dr. Fang first to discuss the
your potential research project. Then, you need to fill out a special permission
form (available in Biology Department Front Office). After you have filled out
and signed the
form, you return the form to Dr. Fang for his signature. The form need to go to
Chair of Biology Department for approval. You enroll to the course online
after it is approved by the Chair of Biology Department.
The major efforts of
Dr. Fang's lab are to apply modern molecular techniques to the study of biology in various fields, including molecular
systematics, molecular ecology, molecular population genetics, molecular vector
biology of ticks, tick gene identification (cloning and sequencing of tick
genes), and tick/pathogen interactions and relations.