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Building Community-Based Approaches to Systemic Reform in Mathematical Biology Education

By Olcay Akman1, Carrie Diaz Eaton2, Dan Hrozencik3, Kristin Jenkins4, Kaci Thompson5

1. Illinois State University 2. Bates College and QUBES 3. Chicago State University 4. BioQUEST 5. University of Maryland

This is an open access article from Bulletins in Math Bio.

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Version 1.0 - published on 03 Sep 2020 doi:10.25334/SSBD-GF03 - cite this

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Akman, O., Diaz Eaton, C., Hrozencik, D., Jenkins, K.P., Thompson, K.V. 2020. Building Community-Based Approaches to Systemic Reform in Mathematical Biology Education. Bull Math Biol 82(8):109 doi: 10.1007/s11538-020-00781-4


Starting in the early 2000’s, several reports were released recognizing the convergence of mathematics, biology and computer science, and calling for a rethinking of how undergraduates are prepared for careers in research and the science and technology workforce. This call for change requires careful consideration of the mathematical biology education system to identify key components and leverage points for change. This paper demonstrates the wide range of resources and approaches available to the mathematical biology education community to create systemic change by highlighting the efforts of four community-based education reform organizations. A closer look at these organizations provides an opportunity to examine how to leverage components of the education system including faculty, academic institutions, students, access to resources, and the power of community.


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