• The model organism for both Biology and Chemistry courses is Saccharomyces cerevisiae or budding yeast which is grown here in petri dishes.
  • Biology major Johnathan Grayson streaks YPD plates using a sterile loop.
  • Biology major Dyffreon McGowan uses the microscope to view yeast morphology and search for contamination.
  • Biology majors Alesha Regus and Jonathan Moore discuss differential staining of yeast.
  • Biology major Josh Agee works on the design of his experiment.
  • Petri dishes are placed on microscope for gross inspection of colony growth.
  • Biology major Alesha Regus is using a protocol to stain her yeast cells.
  • Dr. Bianca Garner, Biology Department Chair, guides the students experimental design of individual research projects.
  • Biology major Alesha Regus inspects colony growth using the dissecting microscope.

The Biology and Chemistry departments of Tougaloo College are implementing course-based research in two major laboratory courses, BIL 221 and CHE 117. These courses are supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The major goal is to expose the undergraduates to an individual faculty-mentored research project as early in their career as possible. The model organism for both Biology and Chemistry courses is Saccharomyces cerevisiae or budding yeast. During the course, each student group designs their own research project focusing on growth of budding yeast under environmental stress conditions. For further information visit www.noyceproject.org.