The CAREER titled “Engineering the Cell-Biomaterial Interface for Nonviral Gene Delivery” was an NSF-funded project that aimed to identify key components and architecture features of the ECM that modulate cell behavior and thus nonviral gene delivery (scientific objective) and to promote inquiry-based learning experiences for students through curriculum development, research experiences, and outreach workshops (educational objective). The project was expected to integrate research and education by extending the results of the scientific objective into teaching, training, and learning exercises for students at all educational levels. The principal investigator (PI: Dr. Angela K. Pannier) promoted inquiry–based learning through development of biomedical engineering (Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering) courses that incorporated primary literature articles, which serve to make fundamental concepts relevant to current topics in the field as well as enhance the ability of the students to critically assess a research project. In addition, the PI is committed to providing mentored research experiences, through the design of a new teaching laboratory to incorporate laboratory components into courses.
MERC provided consultations for the evaluation of the educational objective of the CAREER. MERC helped the PI develop survey instruments to assess educational outcomes (e.g., knowledge and confidence), collected and analyzed data (e.g., implementation of mentee surveys), and reported evaluation results.
Alian KasabianOPERATIONS DIRECTOR
METHODOLOGY AND EVALUATION RESEARCH CORE FACILITY AT SBSRC
Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School (WHIT) 370D
Lincoln NE 68583-0866