Center for Teaching and Learning

Earlier lab experiences for budding scientists and doctors


To foster first-year student interest in biology and to respond to increasing student interest in hands-on learning experiences, biology faculty Martha Cyert, Hunter Fraser, Deborah Gordon, Waheeda Khalfan, Christopher Lowe, Mary Beth Mudgett, and Tim Stearns collaborated with VPTL and created a new lab-based introductory biology class. The class, BIO60, is based on an exploration of infectious disease and encourages students to engage with scientific literature, design experiments, collaborate, and communicate what they’ve learned. Students now get the chance to “think like a biologist” from the start of their undergraduate careers.