Discipline: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
S. Catherine Silver Key - North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
Co-Author(s): Eric Saliim, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) through Targeted Infusion Projects (TIPs) supports the development, implementation, and study of evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students in STEM graduate programs and/or careers. One goal of the project at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is to infuse real-world research experiences into a sophomore-level, elective course. The research includes engineering design challenges (creating behavioral apparatuses) and measuring Drosophila Behaviours using genetically unique fly strains. Development of the TIP has begun at NCCU in the Fall 2019 semester by 1.) designing the course structure and receiving Departmental approval, 2.) piloting the Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) engineering design of the course with the goal of measuring alcohol-preferences in a social-isolation setting, and 3.) taking students to the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) at Duke University where they successfully exhibited the various iterations of their fabricated design to their peers. The following with be presented in the poster: 1.) Drosophila Behavioural Genetics (DaBuGs) course & assessment design, 2.) prototype behavioral measuring apparatus and 2.) results of a pilot video reflection assessment.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): National Science Foundation Award #HRD-1912188 Targeted Infusion Project: Engaging Undergraduates in STEM using Drosophila Behavioural Genetics (EUSTEM-DaBuGs TIP),' is under the direction of Catherine Key, Eric Saliim, Tanina Bradley.
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,
NSF Affiliation: HBCU-UP