The K-INBRE symposium: a 10-institution collaboration to improve undergraduate education
Velasquez, Sarah E.
Burnett, Tim G.
Hendry, William J. III
Madden, Michael E.
Stanford, John A.
Ward, Robert E.
Chapes, Stephen K.
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Velasquez, Sarah E.; Abraham, K.; Burnett, Tim G.; Chapin, Bridgett; Hendry, William J. III; Leung, Sam; Madden, Michael E.; Rider, Virginia; Stanford, John A.; Ward, Robert E.; Chapes, Stephen K. 2018. The K-INBRE symposium: a 10-institution collaboration to improve undergraduate education. Advances in Physiology Education, vol. 42:no. 1:pp 104-110
The Kansas-IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) is an infrastructure-building program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Undergraduate education, through undergraduate research, is a key component of the program. The K-INBRE network includes 10 higher education institutions in Kansas and northern Oklahoma, with over 1,000 student participants in 16 yr. Since 2003, the K-INBRE has held an annual state-wide research symposium that includes national and regional speakers and provides a forum for undergraduates to give platform and poster presentations. The symposium is well attended by K-INBRE participants and has grown to a size of over 300 participants per year from all 10 K-INBRE schools. Two surveys were distributed to students and mentors to assess the impact of the symposium on student learning. Surveys (153) were distributed to students who participated in K-INBRE from 2013 through 2015 with a 51% response rate. Mentors were surveyed with a response of 111 surveys out of 161. Survey results indicate that students and mentors alike find the symposium to be beneficial and enriching of the student experience. Almost 80% of student respondents indicated that their participation in the symposium fostered appreciation of research. In short, the K-INBRE symposium provides a unique opportunity for students to gain experience in collecting, preparing, and communicating research in a professional environment. The collaborative experience of the annual K-INBRE symposium, the impact it has on student learning, and how it has influenced the research culture at our 10 institutions will be described.
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