Abstract Detail

The Science of Meaningful Undergraduate Research Experiences

Martine, Christopher [1].

Undergrads participated in species discovery and you’re not going to believe what happened next.

Maintaining capacity in biodiversity science requires thoughtful approaches to engaging and inspiring undergraduate students. The Martine Lab has been a home for nearly 60 undergraduate researchers at two institutions who have participated in lab-based, field-based, and greenhouse-based projects. These students have engaged in work in areas including phylogenetics, population genetics, ecology, and reproductive biology – but some of the most meaningful experiences have been those where students participated in the discovery and description of new species. These opportunities have proven to be an impactful means of providing basic research experience, instruction in technical writing, an introduction to effective science communications, and (perhaps most critically) an abiding sense of stewardship rooted in taxonomic training.

1 - Bucknell University, Biological Sciences, 203 Biology Building, Lewisburg, PA, 17837, United States

new species
science communications

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: COL10, The Science of Meaningful Undergraduate Research Experiences
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Friday, July 31st, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Number: COL10009
Abstract ID:218
Candidate for Awards:None

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