Authentic Research

The HHMI science education grant program provides authentic research experiences to transfer students and non-science majors who take introductory biology courses.

Students doing authentic research
  • formulate and test a hypothesis to make a discovery
  • perform observational, descriptive, or computer-simulated¬†research to interpret, organize, or analyze existing information in new ways
  • choose a topic, identify resources, and gather, analyze, and share their data
  • use creativity and inquiry to generate knowledge (not simply replicate or report what is already known)
  • use techniques that approximate real research done in University laboratories
  • take ownership of their projects