Our faculty’s impact involves more than what happens in our classrooms or in the field.
It is brought to life through the actions and contributions of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni as we share their insights, skills, and research to serve our communities and the world. Every day, our departments, programs, and institutes create places and spaces for developing and supporting champions of science – the work they do provides a strong base for faculty-wide initiatives.
Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE)
Over the past year, Drs. Kyla Flanagan, Mindi Summers, and Ariane Cantin have designed, implemented, and assessed three types of course-based collaborative research experiences in the Department of Biological Sciences. In Ecology 417, they redesigned the course so students collect, analyze, and submit data on aquatic invertebrate diversity to the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network database. In Zoology 576, students identify and describe local invertebrate diversity using morphological and molecular tools and contribute digital records to the Invertebrate Digital Collections and Barcode of Life database. In Marine Invertebrate Zoology at Bamfield Marine Science Centre, students design and implement their own independent research projects in invertebrate diversity, ecology, and behaviour. All these experiences focus on students developing a range of transferable skills aligned with the Faculty of Science graduate attributes, particularly collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity and curiosity. Studying the student experience in these courses will help develop best practices for expanding the offering of course-based research experiences to more courses in the department.