Mar 29th, 2021

Biology Students, Faculty Publish on Pedagogical and Lab Innovations

Spring 2020 Cancer Cell Biology Course Students and Faculty have met the COVID-19 challenge with success. Not only were they able to transition successfully to online learning in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, but they have also published a total of three peer-reviewed papers highlighting pedagogical and laboratory innovations that they used as tools for a successful Spring 2020 semester.

Using The Cancer Genome Atlas as an Inquiry Tool in the Undergraduate Classroom

Combining 3D-Printed Models and Open Source Molecular Modeling of p53 To Engage Students with Concepts in Cell Biology 

Introducing Mammalian Cell Colony Formation in the Undergraduate Biology Laboratory

In order to achieve the publication of these three manuscripts, students and faculty collaborated during the summer and fall 2020, long after the Spring 2020 semester concluded. This is the type of work that contributes to HPU being #3 (US News) in Best Undergraduate Teaching. One of these manuscripts was published in collaboration with leading faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Engaging our undergraduate students in the peer-review process as part of their coursework allows them to see science as a process from beginning to end in their upper level curriculum. It also allows them to be published authors by the time they graduate, adding a competitive edge to their education.