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Encouraging student collaboration and networking and improving student access to undergraduate research opportunities.

Author(s): Gary Laverty1, Metehan Cebeci1, Jessica Rainey1, R Rodney Cooper1

University of Delaware

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We describe, as a case study, work done by two undergraduate students on a specific enzyme in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila.

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Version 1.0 - published on 24 Jul 2020 doi:10.25334/DKZ3-R852 - cite this

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We describe, as a case study, work done by two undergraduate students on a specific enzyme in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. One student worked on trying to quantify gene expression changes and biochemical activity of the enzyme isocitrate lyase under hypoxic versus normal conditions. Meanwhile, the second student undertook a bioinformatics approach, comparing sequences from T. thermophila with those of other species and using a variety of  tools to predict molecular protein structures and compare these from an evolutionary perspective. This interaction happened somewhat serendipitously, but proved to be very productive. We are hoping to design an undergraduate research program that actually encourages these kinds of student interactions, using a cohort approach. We are also looking to improve access to undergraduate research to more students, particularly underrepresented minority students and others, who are often unaware of opportunities,  or who may feel unqualified.

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    Carlton Rodney Cooper @ on

    HI all

    We do collaborate with Delaware State University for our summer program.  However, because Delaware state is an hour drive away, it is a huge challenge to recruit and retain Delaware State for undergraduate research during the academic year

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    Pat Marsteller @ on

    Great idea...since the future os science is collaboration.  Have you considered reaching out to faculty and students at Del State?

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    Adania Flemming @ on

    Hi all, Thanks for sharing your work. It is quite lovely to see the collaboration taking place. I am certain there are various ways to allow this collaboration to occur moving forward, incorporating URM students. This is an essential component of my PhD research and I would love to chat with you all more about that aspect. Please check out our poster to learn more about three different approaches we have created to broaden diversity on STEM using natural history collections.. The course that I created and teach is the one that has some parallels to your project in terms of looking at how students can be introduce and become involved in research.

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      Gary Laverty @ on

      Adania,

      Thank you, I will definitely visit your poster.

      Gary

       

       

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        Carlton Rodney Cooper @ on

        HI Gary

        I am figuring this out...What group are you a part ?

         

         

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