Dr. Paul Craig, from The Rochester Institute of Technology, will present a seminar entitled, “Using protein function prediction to promote hypothesis-driven thinking in undergraduate biochemistry education.”
Abstract: A team of twelve faculty members at eight institutions is developing a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience where students are seeking to predict functions for proteins of unknown functions. In the past year we have learned a great deal about the logistical aspects of implementing a CURE curriculum on a variety of campuses with widely varying resources. We have also discovered that we are experiencing emotional and intellectual challenges as we seek to answer three questions:
- Can we convert our research lab experience of developing scientists into a teaching lab setting?
- Can we develop methods to monitor student progress as scientists in the teaching lab?
- How can we as faculty members learn to help students think as scientists?