Innovations in Undergraduate Chemical Biology Education

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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.


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ACS chemical biology

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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.



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