When my research group and I presented our research from BIO 216 (Molecular Biology) at Scotties With Nerves in 2018, we demonstrated an exceptional ability to understand, explain, and present the nervous system.
We used research methods commonly found in neuroscience research, like primary literature research, gel electrophoresis, CRISPR, and scientific presentation to share our results with our peers in the scientific community.
When using the cells and organic material used in this course and for this project, we explored the various forms of data analysis useful for molecular biology and related it to other issues in biology, public health, medicine, and neuroscience. Organic material, cells, and sometimes whole organism are employed for neuroscience research, and this project let us explore each avenue and the pros and cons of various research materials and methods appropriate for the research goal.
My experience with Scotties With Nerves related my scientific abilities shown here with Summit Learning Outcomes:
- Communicate effectively through writing and speaking, especially across cultural or linguistic differences
- Recognize, analyze, and evaluate arguments
- recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork
- Identify and assess one’s values, interests and abilities
- Interpret quantitative information or demonstrate the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world.
- Analyze human behavior or social relations.
Additionally, my experience at this mini-conference applied all of the Major Learning Outcomes for the Neuroscience Major:
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system at various levels of organization
- understand the research methods used in neuroscience and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the research techniques
- demonstrate an understanding of research design, data analysis, and critical thinking
- demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding neuro-scientific research on human and animal models
- critically evaluate scientific literature
- present their research findings to their peers