NEWS AND EVENTS
More than 50 Briggs students traveled to Chicago last week, for a behind-the-scenes look at the famed Field Museum and some professional scientists at work.
Many of the students used the trip as subject material for a research paper as part of their LB145 introductory biology course, and were very excited for the opportunity to study outside the classroom.
Dr. Peter White, biology instructor at Briggs and trip organizer, said, "Trips like this are important because they allow students a glimpse of what real scientists do."
Students in his courses recently began a unit on genetics, and were able to visit the genetics research lab at the museum, where professional scientists are currently conducting research.
"To see their eyes light up, and to see that they now understand the real world applications of their coursework, is what an experience like this is really all about," White said.
Students on the trip enjoyed exhibits focused on prehistoric fossils, the ocean, cave biology, Ancient Egypt, and bioluminescence.
Tara Radford, a freshman at Briggs studying human biology, said one of the most interesting things was the lab where scientists were doing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
"It's pretty cool the same type of experiment they were doing in the research lab is the same as us," she said.
Some of the students on the trip will be presenting their research projects at the annual Briggs Research Symposium April 22-23.
Emily Smith, a freshman studying nutritional science, went on the trip as part of her work with the Honors College.
"Having time to explore the museum and tour the DNA lab was great," she said.
Smith was excited to see actual professionals using the techniques she was learning about, and to hear about, "applications of PCR and gel electrophoresis outside of bio lab."
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