Amy L. Chang is the Education Director at ASM. She is using this space to communicate practical advice to develop courses, enhance one’s teaching, and motivate and retain students in the microbial sciences. She has 35 years of expertise in mentoring and advising students, fellows, advisers and faculty in the microbial sciences.
Team outreach can help improve the environment in your lab, provide students with experience outside of the lab, and bolster team communication. Students gain insight into careers in scientific outreach while your lab builds a feeling of community in knowing that they are involved in work that is making a difference.
In 2012, Dr. Amy Briggs, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Beloit College attended the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) for the first time. “That conference was transformational for me; it was the most friendly, fun, inspiring, and engaging conference I had ever attended, and it made me want to become a part of that community and get further involved,” she says.
What do March Madness and the human microbiome have in common? Both are elements of a lab activity for an upper-division microbiology course.
As an undergrad, Floricel Gonzalez wasn’t sure that research was for her. She originally wanted to be a veterinarian, and had been told that research was a great way to get started and find out what she liked. “I couldn’t get the protocol to work,” she says of her undergrad research project.
Giving work study students the chance to work in their intended field provides an advantage in getting employed in their professional field after the completion of their degree program.
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) positively impacts students, sparking their interest in microbiology and helping them achieve success. But it’s not just students who benefit from the URF program – faculty who mentor URF students report increased productivity in their labs, greater funding success, and a honing of their mentoring skills.
Planning is underway for the 2017 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), and applications are now being accepted for the ASMCUE Textbook Travel Award. We recently checked in with past award winners, who shared their current teaching and research activities as well as tips for fellow faculty.
Many educators shy away from active learning in large groups of students because it takes extra hands to run the activities. Undergraduate Learning Assistants can provide the help you need.
Educators teaching physiology, evolution, climate change, basic scientific/research literacy and other science topics can find resources in ASM’s open-access Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) as our scope extends beyond microbiology.