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2008 Research Cohort

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Scholars: Holly Ahern, Teri Balser, Daron Barnard, Patricia BaynhamChristopher Burke, Jeff Carmichael, David Dunbar, Anne-Marie Hoskinson, Carol Hurney, Samantha Kerry, Lucy Kluckhohn-Jones, Maureen Knabb, Jenny Knight, Min-Ken Liao, Sherri Morris, James SmithBethany Stone, Mangala Tawde, Didem Vardar-Ulu, Mary Pat Wenderoth

Faculty Faciltators: Spencer Benson, Alix Darden, Bill Cliff, Kathy Takayama, Heidi Elmendorf, Loretta Taras

Staff: Amy Chang, Kelly Gull, Michelle Godinez

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Scholar Teams:

Team 1: Facilitators-Heidi Elmendorf/Bill Cliff; Team Leader-Mary Pat Wenderoth

Daron Barnard, Jeff Carmichael, Maureen Knabb, Jenny Knight, Jim Smith

Team 2: Facilitator-Alix Darden; Team Leader- Carol Hurney

David Dunbar, Carol Hurney, Bethany Stone, Didem Vardar-Ulu

Team 3: Facilitators-Spencer Benson/Loretta Taras; Team Leader-Lucy Kluckhohn-Jones

Holly Ahern, Patricia Baynham, Lucy Kluckhohn-Jones, Min-Ken Liao, Samantha Kerry, Mangala Tawde

Team 4: Facilitator-Kathy Takayama; Team Leader-Christopher Burke

Teri Balser, Christopher Burke, Anne-Marie Hoskinson, Sherri Morris

Expectations of Scholars:

Biology Scholars Program 08-09 Research Residency Expectations

2008 SoTL Institute:

Speaker Presentations

Scholar Research:

Holly Ahern

1. An evaluation of community college student preparedness for upper-level biology coursework.

2. Inquiry-based laboratory projects in microbiology: making the grade or just raising it? 

Teri Balser

Using cases and complex problem solving in a large introductory environmental studies class.

Daron Barnard

Promoting student engagement in genetics: incorporating research projects into the genetics lab experience.

Patricia Baynham

Can popular science literature convince biology majors to consider a research career?

Christopher Burke

An examination of the efficacy of Enquiry-based Learning for improving student scientific thought.

Jeff Carmichael

Impacts of team-based learning in introductory biology students.

David Dunbar

Do interdisciplinary team-taught courses enhance student learning?

Anne-Marie Hoskinson

Cooperative learning can be transformed to collaborative learning through designed instruction and learning experiences.

Carol Hurney

The impact of letting non-majors control aspects of a general biology course: Getting back more than you give away! 

Samantha Kerry

What is the efficacy of roleplay when introducing students to basic concepts in immunology as compared to traditional lecture?

Lucy Kluckhohn-Jones

Can students really learn microbiology online?

Maureen Knabb

Incorporating case studies into a physiology course using in-class versus an online discussion format.

Jenny Knight

Do non-majors learn genetics differently or at a different rate than majors? How do non-majors and majors think about difficult topics in genetics?

Min-Ken Liao

Enhancing students' sense of responsibility in learning by a weekly reflection activity

Sherri Morris

The role of inquiry research in building science process skills.

James Smith

Using phylogenies to help introductory biology students understand the evolutionary basis of biodiversity.

Bethany Stone

Exploring student misconceptions about DNA, genes, and chromosomes.

Mangala Tawde

Can Blackboard based supplemental instruction inprove student grades and increase retention in A&P class?


Didem Vardar-Ulu

What should the prerequisites for an introductory interdisciplinary course be?

Investigating the relative importance of competence in informal logic and prior biology and chemistry knowledge in student achievement in an introductory biochemistry course.

Mary Pat Wenderoth

Enhancing student metacognition in physiology with the help of Bloom's Taxonomy.

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