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Carrying out original research is the root of all that flowers in biology.

Traditional classroom lecturing is a mainstay of education. And with good reason: it has served humans well for hundreds of years, and remains arguably the most effective way of conveying large amounts of information to many people simultaneously. But biology, like any science, is more than the simple (and complex) facts that can be transmitted this way. As Henri Poincaré observed, "Science is facts: just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science." Science is a uniquely human activity, and must be experienced in order to be truly understood and mastered.

We are constantly looking for ways to incorporate more research experiences into our course labs and develop opportunities for Moravian students to engage in independent research. Developing research questions, devising experimental strategies to answer them, carrying out the necessary experiments at the bench or in the field, and confronting the inevitable obstacles that arise are all integral to becoming skilled biologists. The costs in time and material are significant, but the rewards are invaluable.