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Education and Outreach

Nepal, Madhav P. [1], Orth, Mandy [2], York, Dakota [1].

Honors in Herbarium: Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) for Freshman Biology Students.

Increasing number of higher education institutes are considering “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education” recommendations for their introductory biology curriculum transformation. One of the several proposed strategies for implementing scientific practices is integrating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in the course curriculum. We recently implemented a herbarium data based CUREs project in three laboratory sections of Honors freshman biology course. Pre-/Post-project surveys showed that all students appreciated the research experiences; students’ misconceptions about plants as research organisms were addressed; and students claimed their interests toward getting involved in future plant research increased. We also identified implementation barriers, and future strategies to address them. As predicted, in the post-project survey, majority of the students suggested molecular biology based CUREs project for future integration as such project would fit better to their future medical/other health-related careers. At our presentation, we will discuss our data as well as scopes and challenges of integrating herbarium based CUREs project to our introductory biology course.

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Related Links:
Nepal Lab @SDSU

1 - South Dakota State University, Biology and Microbiology, McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Brookings, SD, 57007, USA
2 - South Dakota State University, Biology and Microbiology, Berg Agricultural Hall, Brookings, SD, 57007, USA

Scientific teaching
Course-based research experiences
Honors in herbarium
Creating interests in plant research
Vision and Change
Teaching millenial students.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 18, Education and Outreach I
Location: Sundance 4/Omni Hotel
Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Time: 8:15 AM
Number: 18002
Abstract ID:325
Candidate for Awards:None

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