skip to main content

Research

Scott Harden Setup3.jpgBiology students at Union have the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty mentor, which is an experience not always available to undergraduates. BIO 425, 426, and 437 form a three-semester sequence of courses required to fulfill the independent research component. The first semester begins with an introduction to the skills required to carry out a research project.  Research proposals are also developed and submitted. During the second semester, students work to complete the research outlined in their proposals. The final semester consists of presentation of the results as a publishable manuscript, a poster, and as an oral presentation. Our equipment page gives a full list of equipment available for use in student research. As an alternative, BIO 415 is designed for students (with advisor approval) who prefer a different research route. This one-semester research course covers the development of research projects in small groups, culminating in a poster as well as an oral presentation.

To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty members, please visit their webpages.

Recent Student Research

  • Title: The effect of chlorpromazine on hybridoma formation
    Student: Rebecca Blevins
    Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke
    Date: Spring 2014
  • Title: The effects of antibiotics acting in synergy against Serratia marcescens
    Student: Shelby Priddy
    Mentor: James Mahan
    Date: Spring 2014
  • Title: Formation of an indicator for thrombin inhibitors using recombinant green fluorescent protein
    Student: Brandon Churchill
    Mentor: Mark Bolyard
    Date: Spring 2014
  • Title: Investigation of occupancy rates of modified and unmodified nesting boxes
    Student: Brooklin Byrd
    Mentor: James Huggins
    Date: Spring 2014
  • Title: Mutagenesis of pGLO plasmid to create a green fluorescent protein containing a Factor Xa recognition sequence
    Student: Joseph Dresser
    Mentor: Mark Bolyard
    Date: Spring 2014
  • Title: Relationship between aquatic environment and the presence of Eustrongylides
    Student: Joshua French
    Mentor: JR Kerfoot
    Date: Spring 2014
  • Title: Detection of hydrogen sulfide production by Sarcina lutea
    Student: Nar'Asha Randall
    Mentor: James Huggins, Cathy Huggins
    Date: Spring 2014
  • Title: Analysis of bacteria and fungi in Populus tremula axenic shoot tip cultures
    Student: Teala Terrell
    Mentor: Mark Bolyard
    Date: Fall 2013
  • Title: Occurrence and variance of external parasites on raptor species
    Student: Adrian Cain
    Mentor: James Huggins
    Date: Fall 2013
  • Title: Modification of green fluorescent protein to contain affinity tags for isolation and purification
    Student: Joshua Brinkman
    Mentor: Mark Bolyard
    Date: Fall 2013
  • Title: A preliminary comparison of avian and vegetation communities between a forested wetland and an adjacent wetland mitigation site prior to restoration
    Student: Patrick Clark
    Mentor: Andy Madison
    Date: Fall 2013
  • Title: Investigating the escape response to auditory and visual stimuli in American crows
    Student: Chelsea Cothran
    Mentor: James Huggins, JF Kerfoot
    Date: Fall 2013
  • Title: Measuring the stress levels of French grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum) from hatchery-rearing to the marketplace
    Student: Sarah Porter
    Mentor: JR Kerfoot
    Date: Fall 2013
  • Title: Evaluation of growth regulators in Khaya senegalensis regeneration
    Student: Robyn Reynolds
    Mentor: Mark Bolyard
    Date: Fall 2013
  • Title: Time course of the effect of three adjuvants on antibody response in mice 
    Student: Jill Evans
    Mentor: Jennifer Gruenke
    Date: Fall 2013

 

Research Archives

Excellence-Driven Christ-Centered People-Focused Future-Directed