Delaware Technical Community College
Undergraduate research at Delaware Technical Community College started in 2008 with the formation of the BioChem Club. Thus began the Friday open lab where a group of enthusiastic students could carry out their research projects. During the first summer, ten students enrolled in Introduction to Research (SCI130) which culminated in a department poster session. Professional development opportunities for DTCC instructors led to the implementation of several ongoing projects and collaborations with faculty from four-year institutions. These projects have been incorporated into the biology and biotechnology courses through case studies and laboratories. Students who continue with research into their second year can now enroll in Research Methodology (SCI230). And the students continue to close the building on Friday afternoons.
During summer 2012, the Biology & Chemistry department placed five students in summer internships at the University of Delaware and Nemours. The students all emphasized the importance of their DTCC undergraduate research experience in the success of their research this summer.
It cannot be emphasized enough how much I have learned from doing research, both in the reinforcement of concepts learned in classes, and additional skills and knowledge. I have learned so much that I have not learned in my classes.
The accessibility at our college allows exposure to a methodology many people typically do not know how to get involved in. This experience has peaked my curiosity about questions greater than myself and has inspired me to read and learn for the sake of knowing.
Vision and Change Implementation
Integrate Core Concepts and Competencies throughout the Curriculum
Introduce the scientific process to students early, and integrate it into all undergraduate biology courses
Relate abstract concepts in biology to real world examples on a regular basis, and make biology content relevant by presenting problems in a real life context
Stimulate the curiosity students have for learning about the natural world
Demonstrate both the passion scientists have for their discipline and their delight in sharing their understanding of the world with students
Focus on Student Centered Learning
Engage students as active participants, not passive recipients, in all undergraduate biology courses
Use multiple modes of instruction in addition to the traditional lecture
Introduce research experiences as an integral component of biology education for all students, regardless of their major
Integrate multiple forms of assessment to track student learning
High Impact Practices Implementation
First-Year Seminars and Experiences
Collaborative Assignments and Projects
Capstone Courses and Projects