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Early integration of the individual student in academic activities: A novel classroom concept for graduate education in molecular biophysics and structural biology

Leuba, SH and Carney, SM and Dahlburg, EM and Eells, RJ and Ghodke, H and Yanamala, N and Schauer, G and Klein-Seetharaman, J (2014) Early integration of the individual student in academic activities: A novel classroom concept for graduate education in molecular biophysics and structural biology. BMC Biophysics, 7 (1). ISSN 2046-1682

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Abstract

© 2014 Leuba et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Background: A key challenge in interdisciplinary research is choosing the best approach from a large number of techniques derived from different disciplines and their interfaces. Results: To address this challenge in the area of Biophysics and Structural Biology, we have designed a graduate level course to teach students insightful use of experimental biophysical approaches in relationship to addressing biological questions related to biomolecular interactions and dynamics. A weekly seminar and data and literature club are used to compliment the training in class. The course contains wet-laboratory experimental demonstration and real-data analysis as well as lectures, grant proposal preparation and assessment, and student presentation components. Active student participation is mandatory in all aspects of the class. Students prepare materials for the class receiving individual and iterative feedback from course directors and local experts generating high quality classroom presentations. Conclusions: The ultimate goal of the course is to teach students the skills needed to weigh different experimental approaches against each other in addressing a specific biological question by thinking and executing academic tasks like faculty.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Leuba, SHleuba@pitt.eduLEUBA
Carney, SMsmc140@pitt.eduSMC140
Dahlburg, EMemd74@pitt.eduEMD74
Eells, RJrje14@pitt.eduRJE14
Ghodke, H
Yanamala, N
Schauer, G
Klein-Seetharaman, J
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Hillman Cancer Center
Date: 5 August 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Biophysics
Volume: 7
Number: 1
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1186/2046-1682-7-6
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Cell Biology
School of Medicine > Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
School of Medicine > Structural Biology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2046-1682
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 15:21
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 15:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/29503

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