By Committee on Undergraduate Biology Education to Prepare Research
Scientists for the 21st Century, National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences

Organic sciences were revolutionized, not just within the approach learn is performed - with the advent of options akin to recombinant DNA and electronic expertise - but additionally in how learn findings are communicated between execs and to the general public. but, the undergraduate courses that educate biology researchers stay a lot kind of like they have been sooner than those primary adjustments got here at the scene. This new quantity presents a blueprint for bringing undergraduate biology schooling as much as the rate of state-of-the-art examine quickly music. It comprises suggestions for instructing the subsequent iteration of existence technological know-how investigators, via: development a robust interdisciplinary curriculum that comes with actual technology, details expertise, and arithmetic; taking out the executive and fiscal obstacles to cross-departmental collaboration; comparing the effect of scientific collage admissions trying out on undergraduate biology schooling; developing early possibilities for self sustaining examine; and, designing significant laboratory reviews into the curriculum. The committee provides a dozen short case reports of exemplary courses at best associations and lists many assets for biology educators. This quantity may be vital to biology college, directors, practitioners, expert societies, examine and schooling funders, and the biotechnology undefined.

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18 BIO2010 This is not a new idea, but is stressed in the belief that it has continuing relevance in today’s colleges and universities. Numerous groups have already devoted considerable effort to promoting undergraduate research. org/). CUR focuses on primarily undergraduate institutions. A recent report by the Research Corporation examines the role of research in the physical sciences at undergraduate institutions; it documents model programs and discusses financial support for that research (Research Corporation and Doyle, 2000).

They selected issues for the workshop that they wanted to learn more about. They identified individuals to invite from the large pool of suggestions already collected and solicited additional names from experts in the relevant fields under consideration. The participants in the workshop were provided with the working papers of the panels and asked to provide comments on them to the committee. They also presented material on their own educational endeavors, suggested relevant case studies, and recommended other sources of information for the committee as it completed its report.

The NRC report Transforming Undergraduate Education suggests that these kinds of courses can also be very useful in the early years of college to help students see the relationships between different sets of knowledge so that INTRODUCTION 21 they better understand why they need to take courses in subject areas that may at first seem indirectly related to their majors (NRC, 1999b). In the early 1990s, a network of professional societies in biology set out to increase the attention paid to undergraduate education.

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