Research Course

MBB 90r (Supervised Research on Topics in Mind Brain Behavior) is an individual research tutorial. You arrange the tutorial yourself, identifying a faculty member who will serve as your research supervisor for a project related to her/his research program. To identify labs or faculty, you may consult this website’s Research Opportunities section or contact Shawn Harriman in the Mind/Brain/Behavior office, faculty advisors in MBB tracks, and the MBB Board of Faculty Advisors.

To enroll in the course, you should complete an application (linked from the bottom of this page) and submit it by noon on Friday, September 6th for the fall or Thursday, January 30th for the spring. This deadline is for including the course in your Crimson Cart, as our faculty need to review your application and we need to approve the course by course registration day (September 9th or January 31st). Your research supervisor should not sign your study card. We are also willing to accept applications after the initial course registration deadline, as we know it can take several days to finalize details for research projects. For very late applications, keep in mind that the add/drop deadline is Monday, October 7th in the fall and Monday, February 24th in the spring, and we will need several days review time before that.

Your work in this course will be determined by your research supervisor, and usually entails regular weekly hours in her/his laboratory or research program. You will be expected to e-mail a one-page progress report to the Mind/Brain/Behavior Office by Wednesday, October 16th for the fall term or Wednesday, March 4th for the spring term.. At the end of the semester you will submit a completed research report to your supervisor and to the Mind/Brain/Behavior Offices by Monday, December 9th for the fall or Wednesday, May 6th for the spring. The research report will be similar in length to a term paper and you should consult with your research supervisor to determine the content. Among the possibilities are a report summarizing your research (including any data analysis you may have done or any preliminary findings you have made), a literature review on a topic related to your research, or a draft paper for publication, or a detailed research proposal for a follow-up study.

Your course grade will be based on your work in the lab and on your written reports, and will be due from your research supervisor by Wednesday, December 18th for the fall or Monday, May 11th for the spring.

MBB 90r provides 4 units of course credit each semester taken. The MBB 90r course ID is 125466, the fall term class number is 11241, and the spring term class number is 11239. For General Education, the divisional distribution is Social Sciences.


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