To serve as the second part of a capstone sequence for Senior
Biology majors that will allow them to conduct an open-ended
problem-based project, enabling them to integrate information
gained during their careers at Wilkes, and discover something
new to science. Students will communicate their new
information orally, in poster format, and in writing.
By virtue of completing this course, students will:
Continue to work as a team under the direction of one or more
faculty mentor(s) to carry out the study problem that was the
subject of the proposal prepared for BIO 391.
Continue to identify and master existing literature that bears
upon the problem.
Learn best practices relating to presenting research findings
through different modes, including oral presentations, posters,
Apply best practices to presentation of project findings by
Three oral reports discussing the project: two being
progress reports earlier in the semester, and the last being a
summative report at the end of the semester.
A summative poster describing project findings, presented at
Biology Research Night in late April.
A summative manuscript in the form of a journal article
describing project findings. The first draft will be
submitted in early April and reviewed. The final draft
will be due at the end of the semester.
Many students enrolled in BIO 391 will likely present their
findings at local, regional, national, or international
conferences. Therefore, this course will help those
students prepare effective posters or oral presentations for