A participant-oriented, research-based approach for design of a biochemistry workshop for faculty at undergraduate institutions*


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    The Molecular Genetics and Protein Structure and Function Workshop and the CWCS program are supported by NSF Award DUE 0089417 (2001–2004) and Award DUE 0341138 (2004–2007). Workshop instructors for 2001–2004 have included Drs. Giovanni Gadda, Jenny Yang, Mark Germann, and Kathy Grant of Georgia State University; Dr. Ira Lubin of Centers for Disease Control; Dr. Vince Conticelli of Emory University; Dr. Mary Peek of Georgia Institute of Technology; and Drs. Don Price and Cam Muir of University of Hawaii-Hilo.


The Molecular Genetics and Protein Structure and Function workshop is one of a series of workshops offered by the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences. The workshop provides a hands-on introduction to current topics and techniques in molecular genetics and protein structure/function as applied to undergraduate education. This article describes a unique method for planning such a workshop, namely a participant-oriented approach including research-based lectures and experiments. This approach gives faculty from undergraduate institutions a rich perspective and practical experience in this interdisciplinary field of science, integrating aspects of both molecular biology and biochemistry. An outlook on current cutting edge techniques and the direction of future research in this field may enable the faculty participants to better prepare undergraduate students for careers in the workforce or graduate or professional programs.