Since 2006 the NMSU Biology Department with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), NMSU College of Arts and Sciences and Office of the Vice-President of Research has worked at strengthening science education and bioscience research by:
- expanding research opportunities to undergraduate science majors,
restructuring introductory biology courses,
- providing outreach activities to high schools,
- providing professional development opportunities to high school science teachers,
- and providing graduate students and post-docs with effective pedagogy tools that can be used to guide the approach to teaching.
Outreach to High Schools Program
Our outreach efforts bring advanced molecular biology technology and training to New Mexico’s high schools by offering free of cost:
- week-long Mobile Molecular Biology Lab (MML) visits to New Mexico high school classrooms
◊ Visits Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
- summer teacher training and molecular genetic equipment lending through the Access to Science Center (ASC).
Biology Peer Instructor Program (BioCats)
The Peer Instructor Program supports the transformation of introductory biology courses, BIOL 111 and BIOL 211 into team-taught courses that emphasize core concepts, writing and critical thinking skills. BioCats are part of the instructional team, facilitating activities that engage students, and reinforce and extend concepts presented in lecture.
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It serves as a training ground for the next generation of bioscience researchers. It also trains the next generation of medical professionals who will benefit from a strong understanding of biological research. The program combines hands-on laboratory experience with seminars and coursework designed to create a community of undergraduate researchers. Students from a wide range of majors related to the biological sciences participate in this program. It includes the Science Scholars Program for freshman and sophomores and the Research Scholars Program for juniors and seniors.
Benefits of undergraduate research:
- Develop an in-depth understanding of science based on conducting research and discussing research with fellow students and with faculty research mentors.
- Clarify your academic and career goals.
- Enhance your skills in communication, critical thinking and problem solving.
- Gain hands-on experience with advanced research methods and technology.
Two types of scholars:
Scientific Teaching Fellows Program
A Training Opportunity in Scientific Teaching
The NMSU-HHMI Scientific Teaching Fellows develop expertise in scientific teaching. Scientific teaching is an approach to teaching that relies on evidence-based practices and engages students with authentic scientific experiences. Scientific Teaching Fellows will be prepared to succeed in academic careers with a teaching component and will develop expertise as scientific teachers.
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