The Botanical Research option is designed for those undergraduate majors who desire to obtain the intensive research experience associated with the development of a thesis project.
This option requires the completion of a total of 21 credits selected from the following:
Two approved subject matter electives (6–10 credits)
BOT 401. Research (9–12)
BOT 403. Thesis (2–3)
BOT 405. Reading and Conference (1–3)
To complete this option, students must follow the procedure outlined below:
- Choose a research advisor and develop the option. Identify a research advisor from among the faculty in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology who is willing to supervise the option. Develop a course list and overall plan for the option and have it approved by the research advisor and academic advisors.
- Develop expertise. Complete two approved courses (6 credits minimum) in the area of the proposed research.
- Plan the research. Develop a research proposal during one term of BOT 405, Reading and Conference (1–3 credits) (or HC 405, Reading and Conference, for Honors College students), and have it approved by the research advisor.
- Perform the research. Carry out the planned experimentation, receiving 9–12 credits for BOT 401, Research. (It is assumed that this credit and the associated research effort will ordinarily be distributed over several terms.)
- Report the research.
A. Written form. Write a document (thesis) describing the results of the research and have it approved by the research advisor and academic advisors. For this purpose, enroll in BOT 403, Thesis (2–3 credits).
B. Oral form. Present the research results using an oral or poster presentation in a public forum approved by the research advisor and academic advisors. The presentation may be made to the department (e.g., at a BOT 407, Departmental Seminar) or at a scientific meeting for students or scientific society.