New NSF Grant to Improve Undergraduate STEM Education Looking for Partners

Dr. Kayla Bieser and three out of state collaborators just received a Notice of Award for an NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant entitled: A Multi-institutional Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience in Genetics. This Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) has been implemented by Dr. Bieser in Nevada State College’s BIOL 300 course over the last three years and has resulted in student publications. The NV INBRE has supported several spin-off bioinformatics projects related to this CURE.

Over 3 years, the new IUSE grant will support:

  1. Annual Fly-CURE meeting
  2. Assessment implementation and analysis across the consortium
  3. Supplies for setting up Fly-CURE labs (we will work on how to best distribute these funds for those who need supplies (CO2 pads, PCR, kits, etc)
  4. Publication costs

The goal is to add an additional 13 colleges to the project and recruit control groups that are not teaching a CURE in their genetics course. Nevada State College is currently the only Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and the only college in the West of the 7 colleges currently participating. They would like to recruit more Community Colleges and MSI’s to the group. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Kayla Bieser or Jacob Kagey for more information.

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