From very early on, my personal/professional life has been shaped by teachers in many different settings. Teaching and learning form a two-way street. In the process of teaching undergraduate students, particularly in the research lab, I have learned some profound lessons about the importance of listening to them, challenging them, giving them autonomy, and allowing them to enjoy success and to risk failure. I am now working with a team of faculty members to implement these lessons in a course-based undergraduate research experience in the biochemistry teaching laboratory. Our goal is to seek answers to the question “How do students become scientists?” and to implement those answers with our future students.

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This research was originally published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Paul A. Craig. Lessons from my undergraduate research students. J Biol Chem. 2018; 293:10447-10452. © the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology .

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School of Chemistry and Materials Science (COS)


RIT – Main Campus