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The Science of Meaningful Undergraduate Research Experiences

Goodrich, Katherine [1].

Plant research at a PUI: Inclusive mentoring in botany at Widener University.

Research projects in my lab currently focus on the pollination ecology of Asimina triloba.  As a research lab at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), a challenge of my research career has been to design projects that are manageable for undergraduate students at varied levels of preparation, yet cohesive enough to generate publishable results.  My research “season” typically begins in March and extends through August, making Widener’s summer research program an ideal setting for students associated with my lab.  We have ongoing investigations into the pollination ecology of Asimina triloba (April-May), sap flow ecology (March-August), insect attraction to fermented substrates (March-October), and insect-fruit ecology (September-October).  In each of these projects, my research students are involved from the onset of project design through the presentation and publication of our results.  In this talk, I will present an overview of our methods and results for each of these research areas.  I will also discuss how I intentionally foster group dynamics and trust for a diverse community of undergraduate students in my lab.

1 - Widener University, Department Of Biology, 1 University Place., Chester, PA, 19013, United States

Undergraduate research
Asimina triloba.

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: COL10, The Science of Meaningful Undergraduate Research Experiences
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Friday, July 31st, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Number: COL10007
Abstract ID:278
Candidate for Awards:None

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