Poster

Student perceptions of research authenticity in introductory versus advanced biology laboratory courses

In response to national calls to teach science as it is practiced, with more inquiry, autonomy, and discovery-based research (1, 4), our department has redesigned 10 biology laboratory courses as Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs). CUREs have been established as equitable, high-impact practices that engage students in what it means to work and think like a scientist. They offer many of the benefits of traditional undergraduate research experiences, but are available to all students and offered within the normal class schedule. Our courses have been re-designed with research-based curricula that address an important, local issue – human impacts on the American River Ecosystem. Collectively, this endeavor is called the Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS) Project.

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