Engaging the Next Generation of Biochemists

The biochemistry project titled “Engaging the Next Generation of Biochemists” is an Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) grant project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The long-term project goal is to transform biochemistry instruction by developing a series of easily-incorporated modules to increase student engagement and provide the knowledge, skills, and conceptual understandings needed to succeed as STEM professionals.

The near-term goal of this project is to enhance engagement in learning of two discreet concepts: (1) the direct relationship between structure and function and (2) dynamic coordination of metabolism. We propose to accomplish this by iteratively developing physical and computational model-based modules that will be implemented and assessed across the biochemistry curriculum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The research team hypothesizes that students’ mechanistic understanding of biochemical structures and processes, as well as their critical thinking skills, will increase as a result of this intervention.

MERC is assessing the impact of the new educational modules on students (e.g., knowledge increase). MERC has collaborated with the research team to develop evaluation design and data collection plan and will analyze the collected data and report evaluation findings. The evaluation will include formative measures to guide the implementation and improvement of the modules over the project life in an attempt to increase learning effects in students.





Methodology and Evaluation Research Core Facility at SBSRC