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Kerry, Samantha

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St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD

Assistant Professor of Biology                                                                                     

18952 E. Fisher Rd.

St. Mary's City, MD 20686

phone: 240-895-4376

FAX: 240-895-4996


I am currently starting my third year of teaching at St. Mary's College of Maryland, which is a small public liberal arts college.  My teaching responsibilities include Principles of Biology I (our first semester Introductory Biology course), upper level courses in Immunology and Cell Physiology, and a nonmajors course in Forensic Biology.  I also work with the Women in Science House (WiSH) which is a SMCM campus living and learning center, am advisor to our campus chapter of the Beta Beta Beta biological honor society, and recently co-directed a summer science and math camp for rising 9th grade girls in our community.  My laboratory research involves studying the immune response of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, to bacterial or fungal pathogens.


My Biology Scholars Research Project

Title: What is the efficacy of using roleplay to introduce basic concepts in immunology as compared to traditional lecture?

Short description: Use of roleplay is a powerful learning tool.  But how effective is roleplay when used in large classes where a portion of the students observe the exercise rather than directly participating?  How does this compare to a traditional lecture about the same content?  Please read about my project further under 1. Context and Problem.

Helpful resources: Please refer to section 3. Bibliography. This is definitely a work in progress!

Approach: I will use a pre-test/post-test format to measure student learning when exposed to a traditional lecture or the roleplay simulation.  Please refer to section 2. Methods and Findings for more information.

Results: My preliminary data can be found under 1. Context and problem. I'll post about my new data once I've gathered it!

Appendices: I'll post my pre-test/post-test under section 5. Appendices, as well as my survey and other relevant documents.