BIOL 486

Honors
Investigation
and Thesis


 


Biology 486 is a sequence of three or more semesters of original research work performed by undergraduate majors in biology under the guidance of research faculty at West Virginia University. After completing the requirements for Biology 486, students graduate with Honors in Biology. To register for Biology 486, students must have a GPA of 3.4 or better and a Biology GPA of 3.0 or better, have junior status or higher, and have completed the biology core courses (Biology 115, 117, 219, 221). Students interested in registering for Biology 486 must have a member of WVU research faculty (from the Biology department or related department) who is willing to serve as their mentor through all the semesters of Biology 486. During the course of your Biology 486 experience, you will write and defend a proposal describing your plans for original research, conduct that research, analyze data, and finally write and defend a thesis.


  
If you fulfill the above requirements and need to find a faculty member who will serve as your 486 mentor, take a look at the list of biology faculty, along with their research interests. You can also take a look at an overview of research at Health Sciences, organized by institute or center. Follow your research interests to find a potential researcher to contact. You will need to contact a faculty member and see if they are willing to mentor you. Provide the faculty member with a link to this page so that they understand the requirements of Biology 486 mentorship.

Here is a copy of the Biology 486 approval form. Once completed, bring this to Dr. Sue Raylman's office in 4234 LSB or to her mailbox in the biology office.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions written for mentors of 486 students.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions written for prospective and current 486 students.

Here is a copy of the Biology 486 syllabus. It includes the semester schedule and grading rubric.

Here are the guidelines for Biology 486. These guidelines list the requirements for Biology 486 provide an outline for the three semesters.


The guidelines include help with formatting for your proposal and thesis. To further help you, Here is a sample proposal title page. It is .doc file that can be opened in Microsoft Word. At your proposal defense, you will need to bring along a copy of your title page with spaces for your committee to sign. Here is a sample proposal title page with committee signature lines. If you have trouble opening the .doc file, you can use this .pdf version instead. You can open the .pdf file in Adobe Acrobat reader. You can click on the link for Adobe Acrobat below and download that application if you need it.


Here is a sample thesis title page. Here is a sample thesis title page with committee signature lines (.doc file) or .pdf version instead. As in your proposal defense, you will need to bring a copy of your title page with spaces for your committee to sign.

   


 

Susan Philhower Raylman, Biology 486 coordinator

Biology Department at WVU

West Virginia University Main page

To email questions, comments: sphilhow@wvu.edu
This site was created and is maintained by Susan Philhower Raylman.