The Collaborative Undergraduate Research Lab (CURL)


Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gilbert 115

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In the last decade, there has been growing recognition of the value of discovery-driven research experiences for undergraduates. While the benefits are well documented for students in general, these experiences appear to be particularly impactful for students who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds. With the support of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professorship, Dr. Tracy Johnson has developed the Collaborative Undergraduate Research Lab (CURL) to provide first-year students with a discovery-based, authentic research experience within a classroom setting.

The CURL is part of a larger set of strategies that foster student success in the Life Sciences. Dr. Johnson will include other integrated strategies that comprise the “HHMI/UCLA Pathways to Success” program in her talk. Data will be presented suggesting that engagement of early-stage students in inquiry-based research that mirrors the activities of professional scientists can have a profound effect on student learning outcomes, their identification as scientists, and their propensity to pursue research opportunities in STEM disciplines. Faculty, lecturers, graduate students, and post-docs welcome.

Tracy Johnson is Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Maria Rowena Ross Chair of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at UCLA. Her research is funded by a Professorship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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