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ERIC Number: EJ921852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0006-3568
Learning How to Ask Research Questions
Musante, Susan
BioScience, v60 n4 p266 Apr 2010
Collaborative research is a demanding endeavor, and for a group of undergraduate students tasked with identifying their own interdisciplinary research problem, the challenges are even greater. "It was scary--we didn't know what to ask the professors, and we couldn't decide on a research question," says Miran Park, a student at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), about her first quarter there in the Collaborative Learning at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology (CLIMB) program. The CLIMB program abandons the traditional apprentice model for research experiences, says Rick Grosberg, its principal investigator and an evolutionary ecologist. Unlike many undergraduate research experiences, CLIMB does not assign a project or enlist students in current faculty research. Each year a cohort of biology and math majors in their junior or senior year becomes part of an interdisciplinary collaborative team that uses "mathematics and computation to answer state-of-the-art questions in biology."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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