Abstract Detail

The Science of Meaningful Undergraduate Research Experiences

Burke, Janelle [1], Hodges, Paige [2], Wilkin, Emma Jeanne [2].

Model for Sustained research experiences in Botany from Howard University.

We present the perspective of one PI, and two undergraduate students who engaged in botanical research from their freshmen year through their senior year with the production of an Honors thesis. We define success in a research experience as being able to take broader approaches to research questions, as well as applying their knowledge to experimental design. Principal investigator Janelle Burke describes her mentorship model, including discussion of her mentorship philosophy, and weekly meetings with student researchers. Undergraduate researcher Emma provides the perspective of being able to design her honors research project and talk with multiple investigators in the lab. Undergraduate researcher Paige discusses how impactful her international field work experience was, coupled with effective mentorship. Overall, the HBCU environment allowed Emma and Paige to feel more comfortable in academic science and to focus on research.

1 - Howard University, Dept. Of Biology, 415 College St. NW, Just Hall 328, Washington, DC, 20059, United States
2 - Howard University, Biology

experimental design

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: COL10, The Science of Meaningful Undergraduate Research Experiences
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Friday, July 31st, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: COL10003
Abstract ID:755
Candidate for Awards:Emanuel D. Rudolph Award,Economic Botany Section best student paper

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