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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Dec 19;114(51):13531-13536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718188115. Epub 2017 Dec 5.

An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning.

Collaborators (222)

Actis L, Adair T, Adams S, Alvey R, Anders K, Anderson WA, Antoniacci L, Ayuk M, Baliraine F, Balish M, Ball S, Barbazuk B, Barekzi N, Barrera A, Berkes C, Best A, Bhalla S, Blumer L, Bollivar D, Bonilla JA, Borges K, Bortz B, Breakwell D, Breitenberger C, Breton T, Brey C, Bricker JS, Briggs L, Broderick E, Brooks TD, Brown-Kennerly V, Buckholt M, Butela K, Byrum C, Cain D, Carson S, Caruso S, Caslake L, Chia C, Chung HM, Clase K, Clement B, Conant S, Connors B, Coomans R, D'Angelo W, D'Elia T, Daniels CJ, Daniels L, Davis B, DeCourcy K, DeJong R, Delaney-Nguyen K, Delesalle V, Diaz A, Dickson L, Doty J, Doyle E, Dunbar D, Easterwood J, Eckardt M, Edgington N, Elgin S, Erb M, Erill I, Fast K, Fillman C, Findley A, Fisher E, Fleischacker C, Fogarty M, Frederick G, Frost V, Furbee E, Gainey M, Gallegos I, Gissendanner C, Golebiewska U, Grose J, Grubb S, Guild N, Gurney S, Hartzog G, Hatherill JR, Hauser C, Hendrickson H, Herren C, Hinz J, Ho E, Hope S, Hughes L, Hull A, Hutchison K, Isern S, Janssen G, Jarvik J, Johnson A, Jones N, Kagey J, Kart M, Katsanos J, Keener T, Kenna M, King R, King-Smith C, Kirkpatrick B, Klyczek K, Koch H, Koga A, Korey C, Krukonis G, Kurt B, Leadon S, LeBlanc-Straceski J, Lee J, Lee-Soety J, Lewis L, Limeri L, Little J, Llano M, Lopez J, MacLaren C, Makemson J, Martin S, Mavrodi D, McGuier N, McKinney A, McLean J, Merkhofer E, Michael S, Miller E, Mohan S, Molloy S, Monsen-Collar K, Monti D, Moyer A, Neitzel J, Nelson P, Newman R, Noordewier B, Olapade O, Ospina-Giraldo M, Page S, Paige-Anderson C, Pape-Zambito D, Park P, Parker J, Pedulla M, Peister A, Pfaffle P, Pirino G, Pizzorno M, Plymale R, Pogliano J, Pogliano K, Powell A, Poxleitner M, Preuss M, Reyna N, Rickus J, Rinehart C, Robinson C, Rodriguez-Lanetty M, Rosas-Acosta G, Ross J, Rowland N, Royer D, Rubin M, Sadana R, Saha M, Saha S, Sandel M, Sasek T, Saunders L, Saville K, Scherer A, Schildbach J, Schroeder S, Schwebach JR, Seegulam M, Segura-Totten M, Shaffer C, Shanks R, Sipprell A, Slowan-Pomeroy T, Smith K, Smith MA, Smith-Caldas M, Stamm J, Stockwell S, Stowe E, Stukey J, Sunnen CN, Tarbox B, Taylor S, Temple L, Timmerman M, Tobiason D, Tolsma S, Torres M, Twichell C, Valle-Rivera AM, Vazquez E, Villagomez J, Voshell S, Wallen J, Ward R, Ware V, Warner M, Washington J, Weir S, Wertz J, Westholm D, Weston-Hafer K, Westover K, Whitefleet-Smith J, Wiedemeier A, Wolyniak M, Yan W, Zegers GP, Zhang D, Zimmerman A.

Author information

1
Department of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705.
2
Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511.
3
Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
4
Department of Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22817.
5
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
6
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY 10461; jacobsw@hhmi.org asaid@hhmi.org gfh@pitt.edu.
7
Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
8
Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 jacobsw@hhmi.org asaid@hhmi.org gfh@pitt.edu.
9
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; jacobsw@hhmi.org asaid@hhmi.org gfh@pitt.edu.

Abstract

Engaging undergraduate students in scientific research promises substantial benefits, but it is not accessible to all students and is rarely implemented early in college education, when it will have the greatest impact. An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC) provides a centralized scientific and administrative infrastructure enabling engagement of large numbers of students at different types of institutions. The Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) is an iREC that promotes engagement and continued involvement in science among beginning undergraduate students. The SEA-PHAGES students show strong gains correlated with persistence relative to those in traditional laboratory courses regardless of academic, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic profiles. This persistent involvement in science is reflected in key measures, including project ownership, scientific community values, science identity, and scientific networking.

KEYWORDS:

assessment; bacteriophage; evolution; genomics; science education

PMID:
29208718
PMCID:
PMC5754813
DOI:
10.1073/pnas.1718188115
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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