Departments of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Erik Lundquist

Research Coordinator
Primary office:
5049 Haworth Hall

Undergraduate researchers in the Lundquist group are given a rigorous, independent project, and they are supervised according to an organized mentoring plan.  New students are paired with a senior graduate student, a post-doctoral associate, or work directly with Dr. Lundquist.  Projects involve molecular genetic analyses of nervous system development in C. elegans using cutting-edge techniques in microscopy, genetics, genomics, and molecular biology.  Students learn through interactions in the lab, regularly scheduled discussions, and attendance of lab meetings and journal clubs.  The goal is to provide undergraduate researchers with meaningful research projects and eventual publication.  Students are immersed in a research topic to achieve a detailed understanding of the research problem being addressed, the specific details of the experiments being conducted, and the broader context into which their experiments fit.  The scientific method and critical thinking skills are imparted to the student, so that s/he will be able to critically assess their own and others' experiments and to understand what conclusions can, and more importantly cannot, be drawn from specific experiments.  The skills gained by undergraduate researchers in the Lundquist lab are invaluable to a career in research, but are also critical to any profession involving critical thinking (e.g. medicine, law, business).

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