Every Cell Counts : An Inquiry-Based Approach to Address a Novel Research Question in an Undergraduate Neuroscience Lab

Melissa A Birkett

Abstract


A science-based curriculum that encourages hands-on experiences, skill development, and promotes student engagement are critical components in both successful undergraduate psychology and neuroscience programs. This lab explored an inquiry-based focused research on project microscopy skills, critical thinking, and independent research design. This lesson used a novel research question (How many serotonergic cells are located in the dorsal raphae nucleus?) to engage students in research and methodology design. The resulting lab recieved positive feedback from students and provided data about the serotonergic system in a previously unreported species.

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