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First-Year Students as Scholars

Seminars in Biology that Engage Students in the Creation of New Knowledge 

Funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation

Often students begin college with the goal of simply being consumers of knowledge; in the biology seminars listed below, students will transcend this notion by developing the skills and confidence to create new knowledge with faculty mentors. The primary objective of Students as Scholars (SAS) Seminars is to engage biology majors in authentic research and the scholarly process.

A secondary goal of these seminars is to inform students of the many options in biology and the rationale for the basic scientific skills learned in conventional introductory courses such as biology, chemistry, math, and physics. By the end of the first semester, students will realize the power of the scientific method, the excitement of scientific discovery, and the thrill of sharing personal research findings with a broader audience. SAS-seminars will be process-rich, focused on student engagement in scholarly research whereas conventional introductory science courses will be content-rich focused on acquiring the basic tools and theory necessary for scholarly research.

Welcome to First Year Seminars in Biology

Course Offerings

Plant Adaptation to Stressful Environments

Mentored by Dr. Stephen Davis, Distinguished Professor of Biology

Seaver students studying plants

The Cell Biology of Stress


Mentored by Dr. Jay Brewster, Professor of Biology

Seaver student at computer lab

Invasive Predators and Amphibian Decline

Mentored by Dr. Lee Kats, Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science and Professor of Biology

frog in Seaver student's hand

Genetics of Animal and Plant Populations

Mentored by Dr. Rodney Honeycutt, Professor of Biology, and Divisional Dean of Natural Science Division

Seaver students with Rodney Honeycutt in mountains