USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 8 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
P29-Implementation and Impacts Of The Small World Initiative: Hypothesis-Driven Undergraduate Research To Crowdsource New Antibiotics

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Wendy Dustman, Alexandra Kurtz, Rebekah Ward, Pratima Darr, Julie Shearer

Our purpose is to analyze undergraduate student attitudes toward science and research ownership via participation in a multi-institution and authentic hypothesis-driven research project (the Small World Initiative [SWI]), and to inspire biology majors to pursue graduate studies and careers in science and have an informed appreciation for the process of science. This project also addresses a global urgent health threat: the proliferation of bacterial resistance to currently available antibiotics. This issue also exemplifies international collaboration in the scientific community. The SWI project will make a significant contribution to 1) GGC's commitment to a 4-yr URE 2) GGC's national reputation for excellence in STEM education 3) improving our students' broader perspective of scientific collaboration 4) enhancing our students' marketable skill set and critical thinking abilities and finally, 5) aiding discovery of novel antibiotics for future pharmaceutical development.


Wendy Dustman

Georgia Gwinnett College
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Lee Kurtz

Professor of Biology, Georgia Gwinnett College

Julie Shearer

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Georgia Gwinnett College

Wednesday April 8, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hill Atrium/Pecan Tree Galleria