Development, Implementation and Outcomes of an Integrated Science Curriculum for First-Year STEM Students

Tue, May 17 4:00pm
BSRB 154
Speaker Professor April Hill
Hosted by
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(310) 825-0771

Instructional Division Curricular Development Seminar

"Development, Implementation and Outcomes of an Integrated Science Curriculum for First-Year STEM Students"

This seminar will discuss the development of two integrated science courses for first-year STEM students. Integrated Quantitative Science (IQS) combines the concepts and skills for first semester biology, chemistry, physics, calculus and computer science, while Science, Math and Research Training (SMART) incorporates biology, chemistry and the first year of calculus. Both courses form learning communities organized around socially relevant themes (e.g., antibiotic resistance, climate change) with a strong focus on inquiry-based learning and interdisciplinary thinking. Course-based research experiences that include experiments, modeling, and simulations train help students identify as scientists and provide important research skills and thinking. These courses have been featured in Nature and other STEM publications and this presentation will present outcomes for both students and affiliated faculty. 
Prof. April Hill, professor of biology and director of the University of Richmond's HHMI funded Undergraduate Science Education Program, will also give an Instructional Division research seminar titled "Evolutionary Origins and Function of Animal Specific Gene Regulatory Networks: Insights from the Sponges" on Monday, May 16th, from noon to 1 pm in Mol Sci 3440.  
In addition to developing and teaching interdisciplinary first-year research-centered STEM courses, Prof. Hill oversees a summer bridge program that focuses on building community and research skills for incoming students who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. She is passionate about undergraduate research and uses sponges to ask questions about the gene regulatory networks important in the development of body plans and symbioses. She is a NSF, HHMI, NIH-NIGMS PULSE Vision & Change Leadership Fellow.