Tutorials

In a tutorial, students typically study a topic in depth with a faculty member and a small group of students.  Tutorials can be a terrific way to get to know a faculty member well, build relationships between a small group of students, and to deeply engage with a scientific topic and scientific approaches.  Tutorial structure varies by concentration; not all of the life sciences concentrations include tutorials.

Chemistry:  The sophomore tutorial in chemistry provides an introduction to research and faculty in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department.  Each week, chemistry faculty members deliver informal seminars about their research.  This provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about research opportunities as well as current topics in chemistry.

HEB:  HEB concentrators enroll in both a sophomore tutorial and a junior tutorial.  In sophomore tutorials, taken in spring of sophomore year, students explore the major sub-fields of human evolutionary biology.  These tutorials also place a strong emphasis on writing.  Junior tutorials emphasize experimental design and analysis, and include a research component. 

MCB and CPB:  For the MCB and CPB tutorial, students are matched with a faculty member during their sophomore year, in a pairing that lasts until graduation.  Students meet regularly with their faculty tutor to discuss primary research articles.  Tutors also are a great resource for advice about academics and career opportunities.  For more information about the Board of Tutors in Biochemical Sciences program, click here.

Neurobiology:  Each year, Neurobiology offers a variety of tutorials, Neurobiology 101hf.  In these small courses, which are limited to an enrollment of 12 students, students explore distinct areas of neurobiology – ranging from memory to drug addiction – over the course of a year.  Students typically enroll in neurobiology tutorials during their junior or senior year.

Psychology:  The sophomore tutorial is an integral component of the psychology concentration.  During this tutorial, students examine a variety of issues and topics from contemporary psychological research and are introduced to research techniques and communication skills that are integral to the study of psychology.