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Tuesday, August 1 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Teaching Cell Signaling Through Research: The Freshman Research Initiative at The University of Texas at Austin

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The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) at UT-Austin is a faculty-initiated reinvention of our undergraduate research paradigm that increases the number and diversity of students engaged in research, and significantly impacts student success and engagement in science. Student involvement in the execution and design of original research is the cornerstone of this lab class. Students are expected: to carry out novel experiments; to learn methods of experimental design, data gathering, data interpretation, and data presentation; to develop skills of devising alternative hypotheses to interpret experimental results; and to learn, through experimentation and data interpretation. The Cell Signaling (1 of 28 research areas) class is addressing the question of what signaling steps mediate the effects of extracellular ATP and ADP on the polarized growth of single-celled root hairs.  We will present details about the impact of the FRI program on the academic performance of participating students and discuss the feasibility of having students in a lab class work on a specific question important to the faculty members' research program. This work is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI).

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Greg Clark

Research Educator, University of Texas
I am a plant biologist at the University of Texas and teach inquiry-based lab courses in the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI). I am also the FRI K-12 Outreach Director and run several outreach programs including Shadow a Scientist and Present your PhD to a 12-year old.

Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 247

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