Location

Portland State University

Start Date

2-5-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

2-5-2018 1:00 PM

Subjects

Undergraduates -- Research -- Evaluation, Killifishes -- Embryos -- Development, Killifishes -- Embryology

Abstract

A national goal for education reform is to provide opportunities for all biology undergraduates to participate in research. Traditionally, undergraduates gain research experience by apprenticing in faculty-led research labs; however, only a fraction of undergraduates have access to these opportunities. Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) are a type of laboratory course where students conduct experiments to answer relevant research questions, thus allowing undergraduates to gain authentic research experience at a large scale. To increase equity in opportunities for biology undergraduates to participate in authentic scientific research at Portland State University (PSU), we have designed and implemented a CURE to pilot in four sections of the Spring 2018 Principles of Biology laboratory series. For this pilot project, students are working on research that contributes to work currently being conducted in Dr. Jason Podrabsky’s lab (PSU, Biology Department). Students will be testing how different biotic factors impact the tendency of embryos of the annual killifish Austrofundulus limnaeus to enter Diapause I, a profound state of metabolic dormancy and developmental arrest. Little is known about what causes embryos to arrest in Diapause I, and this novel student work will produce robust and potentially publication-quality data. We will evaluate student outcomes as well as perceptions of CURE and traditional laboratory curriculum. Results will be used to assess both the effectiveness of the CURE curriculum for PSU’s specific student population and to guide the implementation and expansion of CUREs at PSU.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/25029

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May 2nd, 11:00 AM May 2nd, 1:00 PM

Waking Students up with Explorations of Metabolic Dormancy: A Pilot Study of the Killifish CURE

Portland State University

A national goal for education reform is to provide opportunities for all biology undergraduates to participate in research. Traditionally, undergraduates gain research experience by apprenticing in faculty-led research labs; however, only a fraction of undergraduates have access to these opportunities. Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) are a type of laboratory course where students conduct experiments to answer relevant research questions, thus allowing undergraduates to gain authentic research experience at a large scale. To increase equity in opportunities for biology undergraduates to participate in authentic scientific research at Portland State University (PSU), we have designed and implemented a CURE to pilot in four sections of the Spring 2018 Principles of Biology laboratory series. For this pilot project, students are working on research that contributes to work currently being conducted in Dr. Jason Podrabsky’s lab (PSU, Biology Department). Students will be testing how different biotic factors impact the tendency of embryos of the annual killifish Austrofundulus limnaeus to enter Diapause I, a profound state of metabolic dormancy and developmental arrest. Little is known about what causes embryos to arrest in Diapause I, and this novel student work will produce robust and potentially publication-quality data. We will evaluate student outcomes as well as perceptions of CURE and traditional laboratory curriculum. Results will be used to assess both the effectiveness of the CURE curriculum for PSU’s specific student population and to guide the implementation and expansion of CUREs at PSU.