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To promote ownership and to allow students to incorporate their own passions into the class, I often try to integrate semester long projects into the course. Here you can see some examples of projects.

The Malleable Brain Book

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Working as a class, we tried to produce a book exploring how the brain can change and adapt. Each student wrote a chapter of the book and all of the chapters were compiled using the jupyterbook platform into an online book. You can read the book here.

Grant Writing

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The neuroscience of movement course wrote grants individually. Each grant was in the style of a NIH NRSA, including a specific aims page and 6 page research strategy. Students also participated in a mock grant review panel to experience the highs and lows having your grant reviewed. 

Independent Data Analysis Report

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The Data Analytics Course chose an open life sciences dataset, wrote a registered report and performed and presented a novel analysis on the data.

Here is a list of suggested datasets for students to explore.

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