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    I went to a meeting today about senior research projects. I just found out that the research needs to be done over the summer. That means I need to figure out what I'm doing... soon! I am at a total loss here as to what my research should be on. There are tons of opportunities out there for pre-med students, but none of that stuff really applies to me. I know you girls (and guy) probably have no clue either, but does anyone have any ideas?

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    Can you give more details? What is your major? What does your research have to cover - qualitative, quantitative? Etc..

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    I have no idea. My friend was a pre-med major, had a project like this, and somehow came up with a reason to go to Germany (which wasn't directly related to his project but he found a way to make it look like it was). Are there any medical conditions that mean something to you? Like cancer and heart disease run in my family and I feel pretty strongly about them. Anything controversy in medicine that get your attention, like stem cell research or cloning?

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    I'm not pre-med, but I am a biology major. I am minoring in environmental studies. So I guess maybe it should have something to do with animals and/or the environment. Basically senior research means you pick something you want to study, develop a hypothesis, come up with an experiment, and report those results in a very large paper. Then we have to do an oral presentation at the Academy of Sciences convention.

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    bRs, is there a local Vet that you can work with? Maybe the Zoo?
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    My internship is at the zoo. They haven't been all that helpful to me experience-wise though since they just tell me to "watch animals". What sort of thing could I do for research there? Like what would my topic be on and what would the experiment entail?

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    Just thinking out loud here, but how about combining both and doing some kind of research on the impact of air quality or climate on life expectancy of certain animals (for example, chimpanzees) in captivity? You could compare lifespan of chimpanzees in zoos across different climates or settings (eg, urban, suburban etc) and see if there's any kind of correlation.

    Maybe that's too broad of a topic? Might be kinda interesting though.

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    Related to balihai's suggestion, what about animal viruses? correlation with human population? any particular on the increase? why and how it impacts on environment. etc etc.

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    Chimps live a long time, don't they? Something like this would fall under senior thesis though, rather than senior research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arianne12 View Post
    Related to balihai's suggestion, what about animal viruses? correlation with human population? any particular on the increase? why and how it impacts on environment. etc etc.
    Hmm... that's an interesting thought. What do you suggest the experiment to be?

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    ^ there was an article that just came out the other day on CNN.com about "zoonotics" -- animal viruses that have crossed over to the human species because of hunting of "bush animals". one such virus is the HIV virus... but they are saying that it's becoming more prevalent now because of how easy it is for people to travel as opposed to centuries ago, as well as because of the famine / lack of food in rural African areas...

    sorry i don't have an experiment in mind at the moment... it's been a while since i've thought about things from a research perspective since i'm in business. but i was pre-med and my whole family except for me is in research... i'll keep thinking!
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    Yeah, whatever the "research" is, it has to involve me coming up with a hypothesis and an experiment to conduct.

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    Default Re: Senior Research... Help!!!!

    LOL conducting experiments on animals is unfortunately probably not something you can or should do........... hahaha. what are your resources? i mean, exactly what kind of experiment are you allowed to conduct? and does it HAVE to do with biology? because biology experiments often involve things you can't really use such as cells... tissue... viruses... LOL.
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    Well an experiment doesn't necessarily have to involve manipulating things in the lab. I could go out an collect data in the field. I think there is some kid going to South America to catch wild birds and collect data. I'm not sure what his hypothesis would be, but it could easily have something to do with environmental factors, population, genetics, etc. Unfortunately, I can't go to South America to play with birds. LOL!

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    Oh, but as for lab equipment, I actually have access to all sorts of stuff.

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