Scientific Investigations is a two or more semester elective course in which GSSM students to develop and execute original, scientific research on the GSSM campus during the school year. A Scientific Investigations research project is designed by the student with guidance from GSSM faculty to address a novel research question. The choice of research question is driven by student interest and curiosity.

In the first semester, students learn about the research process and design their research project with GSSM faculty. In the following semesters, students conduct the designed research project on campus with the guidance of their faculty mentor and often with collaboration from outside researchers. Students present the results of their research to the GSSM community.

Class of 2016 Scientific Investigations Projects:

Tom Holt (Class of 2016) pursued a mathematics problem in graph theory, which could be used to improve circuit design.  

Sam Seigler (Class of 2016) identified a molecule that can rescue defects at the junction between neurons and muscles. His findings were the first to suggest that a protein involved in release of vesicles containing neurotransmitters could circumvent movement problems caused by a structural defect at the neuromuscular junction. 

Konnor McDowell (Class of 2016) studied interactions of proteins to improve our understanding of the causes of spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality.  

Asia Paguntalan (Class of 2016) studied a model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and learned about the interactions of proteins controlling release of vesicles containing neurotransmitters. The neurological studies included fluorescent images, such as the example shown, of neurons in the model organism, C. elegans.  

For more information, contact:

Daniel S. Dorsel
Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Jennifer Taylor   
Biology Instructor