Innovations in Undergraduate Chemical Biology Education
Chemical biology derives intellectual vitality from its scientific interface: applying chemical strategies and perspectives to biological questions. There is a growing need for chemical biologists to synergistically integrate their research programs with their educational activities to become holistic teacher–scholars. This review examines how course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are an innovative method to achieve this integration. Because CUREs are course-based, the review first offers strategies for creating a student-centered learning environment, which can improve students’ outcomes. Exemplars of CUREs in chemical biology are then presented and organized to illustrate the five defining characteristics of CUREs: significance, scientific practices, discovery, collaboration, and iteration. Finally, strategies to overcome common barriers in CUREs are considered as well as future innovations in chemical biology education.
ACS chemical biology
VanDyke, Aaron R.; Gatazka, Daniel H.; and Hanania, Mariah H., "Innovations in Undergraduate Chemical Biology Education" (2017). Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty Publications. 32.
Van Dyke, A. R., Gatazka, D. H., & Hanania, M. M. (2017). Innovations in Undergraduate Chemical Biology Education. ACS chemical biology, 13(1), 26-35. doi:10.1021/acschembio.7b00986.