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02/08/95

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Undergraduates: Feb 15 sign-up deadline for research at Hopkins

STANFORD -- Feb. 15 is the deadline for undergraduates to sign up to spend the Spring 1995 quarter working on independent biological research projects at Stanford¹s Hopkins Marine Station on the shores of Monterey Bay.

Mark Denny, associate professor of biological sciences, heads the undergraduate research program, which is sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences but open to 25 students from any major. The program offers an opportunity to learn about biology and gain hands-on research experience, working closely with faculty members in the laboratory and in the field. Students are offered a choice of assignments after acceptance into the program, working on such topics as ion channels, the population genetics of fish, or why tuna are hot-blooded.

One-quarter to one-third of the projects eventually are published in the scientific literature, Denny said. One recent example is work in the intertidal zone by Rafe Sagarin and Sarah Gilman, 1994 graduates in earth systems whose studies led to a research article published last week in Science, (see accompanying article).

Applications are available at the Student Services Office, Biological Sciences, Room 108, Gilbert Hall, 723-1826.

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