SFC Biology Session. Student Members Sohini Khan Stephanie Kwan (Chair) Suna Li Mahati Mokkarala Julia Su Ann Wang. Faculty Members Raymond Deshaies Henry Lester Paul Sternberg. 2/14/2013. Outline. Review of last SFC Survey Results Courses Existing New Research Subtracks
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Stephanie Kwan (Chair)
Introductory/First Year Classes:
“Bioinformatics is the future of biology and Caltech should keep up with the pace. We all will have extensive mathematical backgrounds and this would be a good application.”
Comments on strength of Caltech’s microbiology research, but lack of general microbiology classes
“I realize Caltech's Bio Department focuses strongly on molecular/cellular biology, but a few classes in more organismal or even ecological biology would be fantastic. They wouldn't have to be very advanced, but I'm sure many bio majors here would be interested in learning about other bio fields.”
Of Biology majors who responded, a large majority participate in at least the SURF program
Research- key aspect in undergraduate biology major time at Caltech
Generally favorable view on research experience at Caltech; mode favorability rating at ~9 satisfactory rating.
Majority will not complete a biology research thesis
Main reason: not enough of time, some unclear on requirements