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I took 5HA in the summer with professor Riguer. I enjoyed the class and it seemed like a pretty chill environment where I could learn very useful, practical information. She is super kind and caring and she likes to interact with her students which is admirable. She helped me when I felt stressed about the class and she would give me guidance on how to do good on her assignments. At one point, she held one-on-one appointments with her students, which I thought was very nice of her (during the meeting I found out she has a photographic memory which is pretty cool!). However, we got our grades back very late which, especially during summer, left us wondering what our grade was like towards the end. Overall, this class is great and Dr. Rigueur is a very caring professor
Really amazing professor, and really nice overall. She takes soooooo much time out of her own schedule to talk to everyone individually, and always answers questions. Can spend too much time on questions sometimes, which takes away from the bigger picture, but otherwise is really good. Explains everything really well, and really nicely. Makes more complex topics easier to comprehend. Doesn't really seem to have a temper, nor look down upon people for having "stupid questions"; she's very encouraging and understanding. Also, a pretty easy grader.
I liked this class with Prof. Rigueur. It was online this quarter so it took some getting used to, but overall this was a good class. The information was very complex and advanced, but we took it piece by piece and worked through it. I have to say I was often confused on what was going on, but maybe that was just me. Prof. Rigueur is extremely nice and intelligent and welcomes any types of questions. The only problem I had was with the grading which kind of took a while sometimes, but that wasn't really the professor's fault. The problem sets are difficult but you have a lot of time and if you go to office hours you should be fine.
Overview: This class was a deep dive into research methods. It's great if you're interested or curious about getting into research. However, the content can be a bit overwhelming if you've never taken biology and/or learned about topics such as genetics. The content will vary since the instructor will bring in different researchers to talk every quarter, but generally speaking a knowledge in basic genetics will help. Content from LS 7A will help too, since there is some overlap. Prof Ira Clark also went over the Biomed Research minor on week 6.
Structure: The instructor will bring in a researcher to talk about their research, and the instructor will break it down over the next 5 weeks (during which you'll hand in some reports). On week 6, the cycle starts anew and another researcher will come in (but this time it'll be easier since you will have gone through a lot of overlapping research techniques and terminology from the first researcher). For each researcher, there will be an initial report (50 pts), a problem set (100 pts), and a final report (100pts). Participation counts (10 pts per week), totaling 600 pts. There wasn't any extra credit but Prof Rigueur is very light on grading. She's more interested in you working through what you've learned rather than getting everything right.
The instructor: Prof Rigueur is a very enthusiastic lecturer. She was flexible with students during the pandemic, and light on grading. Lectures were recorded and posted on CCLE. She encouraged discussions through the forum and made a point in thoroughly answering every student's questions (there were many). Grading took some time, though (partly because of some technical error on Turnitin). Overall, I recommend this class if you're interested in research.
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