Colby's pedagogical philosophy of education through research in the science curriculum is strongly supported by the Department of Biology. Within this approach, which has increased emphasis on collaborative learning, the distinctions between teaching and research are reduced. Students are introduced to the newest hands-on techniques and skills necessary for them to conduct the kind of productive research they will be engaged in during their future careers in science.
Research Training The curriculum in the Department of Biology is structured in such a way as to involve students in research pursuits during their Colby careers. Students may pursue their own research projects through independent study during the regular semesters or during the January term. Students may also elect courses that emphasize research projects in the laboratory component.
The senior scholars program permits a limited number of students to work extensively on a project approved by the senior scholars committee and pursued under the guidance of a faculty member.
Research with Faculty
Funds from the college and external grants provide funding for a limited number of summer research assistantships that enable students to work with faculty on their research programs. In recent years, almost all of the department faculty have sponsored summer research assistantships. Funds are also available to continue the student-faculty research partnership during the academic year.
Research Presentations and Publication
Students have presented the results of their research at regional and national meetings. The department has also provided the opportunity for students to present the results of their research at the end of the academic year in a symposium. In addition, students have co-authored papers with department faculty.