One of the problems I face here at the University of Puget Sound is what I call the "N=1" issue. There is only one microbiology class!
Thought it is true that I strongly believe that microbiology should "Occupy the Curriculum"----
----I still have to deal with the single course in microbiology we have available to our undergraduate students. I do my best to turn them into enthusiastic micronauts in the one semester we have available. Here is my current class of #Bio350 micronauts.
One way to do that is to give the students an opportunity to really delve deeply into a specific microbiological subject. There is, after all, so much to microbiology overall (especially in a one semester course).
In my course, we don't call them term papers. We call them "Microbiographies." And as part of this assignment, I encourage my micronauts to create one page summaries of their topic, written for a non-science audience (such as nonscientist parents or friends in other majors). Since these summaries are only one page long, it is natural that I call them "Nanobiographies"!
Please enjoy the Nanobiographies written by my hard working micronauts of Biology 350 in the Fall of 2016.
Renee became fascinated by Type III Secretory Systems.
I find that when students select their own topics, there is more "ownership" of the assignment. It certainly seems that way when I look over the interesting Nanobiographies written by my current crop of #Bio350 micronauts.
I hope you enjoyed their essays, as well.