Life Science (LS) 100H Honors (A-C):
This is a unique set of advanced classes in which students are able to perform research in a very independent manner, akin to the 199 courses here at UCLA. These courses are instructed and directed by Dr. Gerald Call under the supervision of Dr. Utpal Banerjee. Many of the students involved in this course enjoy their experience so much that they continue in the program well beyond LS 100HC, by taking multiple quarters of 199 or 198 classes. Due to the longevity of the students in the program, the number of openings each quarter for new (LS 100HA) students is very limited. As a consequence, this is a very selective set of courses for which only former LS 10H students can apply. The selection process involves looking for certain qualities (motivation, attitude, work habits, intelligence) within the students, as can be easily determined by their performance in LS 10H. Each quarter we try to bring in about 3-4 students into LS 100HA.
All students in our LS 100H program participates in our seminar series. In this, the students present either their own research or a scientific article (for the starting students in LS 100HA) each quarter to all students in the LS 100H series. These presentations are similar in format to journal clubs or lab meetings held by research laboratories. During their presentations, the students are asked rigorous questions by those present (including Drs. Banerjee and Call), to benefit them as well as for the education of all students in the seminar. At the end of the quarter, the students write a final paper on the data that they have accumulated in their project.
The main emphasis of this series is the research that the students perform. The students in this series are given highly independent projects and are expected to be self-motivated and hard-working. We very much treat the students in this series like a graduate student is treated in their advisor's laboratory. The research they perform is dictated by their level in the series. In LS 100HA, they go into further depth on the knowledge and skills that the students developed in LS 10H, while they perform necessary experiments to help make the LS 10H data publishable. You can see a copy of the first LS 10H manuscript here. Please note that the majority of the student authors in the first group were or still are in the LS 100H program.
In subsequent quarters, the students are assigned a research topic (that stemmed from the LS 10H data) in teams of three or more in an attempt to determine the developmental and molecular basis behind the adult phenotype. Each member of the team is given a specific set of experiments to perform, thereby contributing to the progress of the overall project. What makes this set of classes unique is that the students do all of the research necessary to bring the project to completion. In the typical 199 course, the undergraduate student assists, in whatever way they are asked, the main researcher (graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, faculty). However in the LS 100H series, the students are the main researchers, and they work on their own projects, under the supervision and direction of Dr. Call. This reemphasizes the need for a high level of commitment to the work and course, for if the student does not perform their work, the project will not progress. The ultimate goal of the research performed in LS 100H is for every student involved to be an author on a research article.
Scheduled Lab hours: none
Unscheduled Lab hours: 10-12 hours/week
Seminar time: Monday 4-6 pm
Instructors: Dr. Utpal Banerjee and Dr. Gerald Call
Contact: Dr. Gerald Call