The Council on Undergraduate Research believes that education is best served by faculty-student collaborative research combined with investigative teaching strategies. Involving undergraduates in research activities is a very valuable learning experience, whether it is part of the standard laboratory course or a special project with a professor. Biology departments that adopt one or a few research systems as the core of a research-based curriculum will derive many benefits. Faculty will be able to collaborate on their research efforts, equipment costs will be reduced, lab courses will have a common research-based core, and students will become better prepared for advanced research studies due to their prior experience with the system.
How Was It Developed?
Research Link 2000 was funded by a three-year National Science Foundation grant to the Council on Undergraduate Research. The first phase of the project was held at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, November 6-9, 1997. Sixty-five biology faculty members from more than forty different universities and colleges presented seminars describing in detail research systems that have potential for introducing research-based labs into the undergraduate curriculum. Ten research systems were selected for further development at the Research Link 2000 Workshop, held at Carleton College, August 5-9, 1998. During this second phase of the project, system authors, project team members, and Carleton faculty and students reviewed each system and representative experiments. Each author demonstrated the research system and received suggestions as to how the system could be modified to accommodate the objectives of Research Link 2000. Guidelines were adopted for the design of the web site.