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Education and Outreach

Nepal, Madhav [1], York, Dakota [2].

Medicinal Plants for College Freshmen’s CUREs.

Incorporating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in a biology curriculum is one of popular instructional strategies suggested by “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education”. After a successful incorporation of the first CUREs focusing on noxious weeds in our Honors’ Section of General Biology in 2017, we have recently implemented CUREs focusing on medicinal plants in 2018. As the majority of students enrolled in the course were pre-professional majors, research projects based on medicinal plants were predicted to be better-perceived by the students. We implemented the CUREs in three laboratory sections, where each lab section was divided into three groups each investigating plants used in treating one of the 10 common diseases in the United States. Pre-/Post-project surveys showed that students appreciated research opportunity, and claimed to have the CUREs project enhanced their understanding of how science works. As opposed to the 2017 cohort who expressed a disconnect between the CUREs project on noxious weeds  and  the students’ future career goals, the 2018 cohort found that their CUREs project on medicinal plants was relevant and interesting, as predicted. CUREs implementation, learning enhancement and students’ perception will be discussed at our presentation.


1 - South Dakota State University, Biology And Microbiology, McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Brookings, SD, 57006, USA
2 - South Dakota State University, McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Brookings, SD, 57006, United States

Keywords:
Scientific Teaching
Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences
Creating Interests about Plants
Vision and Change Recommendations
CUREs.

Presentation Type: Poster
Number: PEO005
Abstract ID:363
Candidate for Awards:None


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