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Catherine Mader
Hope College

Contributed Projects

Undergraduate students test self-generated hypotheses concerning the potential antimicrobial properties of spices commonly used in ethnic cooking. A common technique, the Kirby-Bauer disc method, is used so that students can evaluate their hypotheses in a similar manner while allowing for experiments that will have unknown outcomes to both students and instructors.
Students focus upon a fundamental question in cancer biology – “Why do normal cells get it right every time they divide, and why do cancer cells get it wrong every time they divide?”. Students identify a DNA-protective gene in the eukaryotic model fungus Aspergillus nidulans. Students will study how mutations in this gene contribute to genome instability.
Students the Riverside State Park natural area and are introduced to the patterns of diversity and complexity of plant and animal communities. In small groups, students develop a research question related to their observations that is answerable over the course of a short period of time. Students develop and complete their project and then present results and conclusions to the class.
Students enrolled in BIOL 370 General Microbiology at Gonzaga University spend 1/2 of their laboratory time engaged in faculty guided independent research in microbiology.
Students work with DNA from a novel bacteriophage they discovered in a previous course. Students learn how to capture and clone fragments of DNA and discover the DNA sequence of those clones and what is most closely related to them. Finally, using the first two projects as inspiration, students will come up with a genetics-based question to answer using recently mastered skills.
Students measure gene expression at the mRNA level of metabolic enzymes in response to different carbon sources to understand gene regulation and function using qRT-PCR and common molecular techniques of nucleic acid isolation.
CHEM 256B Organic Chemistry Laboratory Independent Projects - This 7-week (42 lab hours) section is an optional continuation of CHEM 256A (half semester Organic Chemistry Laboratory II) to be taken in the same semester. In Chem 256B, students will search the chemical literature, write a proposal, and execute an independent synthetic project concluding with a final report.
An interdisciplinary course where students with different majors work together to complete a self designed, faculty mentored, research project.