Events

Active Learning Communities Travel Award Application now open!

DiscoverBMB Conference dates: March 23-26, 2024

Location:  San Antonio, TX

A group of leaders in Active Learning Communities has requested funds from the NSF to support up to 24 faculty and postdoctoral fellows to travel to the DiscoverBMB meeting in San Antonio in March (the funding request is in the final stages of approval). The goal is to increase access to those from institutions who are under-resourced for travel and faculty development, including minority-serving and two-year institutions. Anyone is welcome to apply but applications will be prioritized based on these criteria. Applicants receiving a registration and/or travel award will be invited into the ongoing national conversation on the best ways to engage undergraduate students in the molecular life sciences. Applications  will  be  considered  as  they  are  submitted,  although  no  awards  will  be  finalized  until  the  NSF funding is also finalized. The application should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Given the quick turnaround required, we ask you to apply as soon as possible.

Virtual Workshop: Student writing in a CURE: Assignment design strategies for a research-based course

Workshop cost:  Free

Date and Time: Monday, March 11, 2024, 3:00-4:30 pm ET 

Location:  Virtual on zoom

Student writing in a research-based courses faces unique challenges since answers are unknown and experiments are interrelated by design. Faculty teaching a CURE frequently struggle with creating assignments that assess student learning when the answer is unknown and the experiments have the possibility of producing unexpected results. This workshop will focus on assessments specifically suited towards research-based courses. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to review assignments created for the BASIL CURE by other instructors. Strategies for adapting existing and creating new writing based assignments for lab experiments with no known answer will be discussed. Time will be set aside for rubric design and participant questions.

In-Person Workshop: Teaching Biochemistry through Research with the BASIL Curriculum

Workshop cost: Free 

Date and Time: Saturday April 13, 2024

Location: SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury Long Island NY

In this workshop participants will learn about the distinguishing characteristics of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), be introduced to the curriculum used to implement BASIL CUREs in diverse institutional contexts, and create an action plan for how to adapt BASIL for your own course. Participants will gain hands-on experience with web-based BASIL resources and guidance in how to assess student learning in BASIL CUREs. Finally, participants will be invited to join a rich community of biochemists committed to increasing access to undergraduate research.

Upcoming Instructor Support Workshops

Workshop cost: Free

Dates and Times: all virtual on zoom; Check Slack channel for details.  Sign up links below.

March 11  2024, 3:00-4:30 ET - Student writing in a CURE: Assignment design strategies for a research-based course.  Sign up.

April 18, 2024,  3:00-4:20 pm ET - Drop in /end of semester wrap-up.
Sign up.

May 30, 2024, 4:00-5:00 pm ET - Publishing your students’ BASIL work using Proteopedia. Sign up.

Previous Events

Previous Instructor Support Workshops

December 6, 2023, 4:00-5:20 pm ET - Swissdock/Chimera.

January 18, 2024, 3:00-4:20 pm ET - Semester startup.

In-Person Workshop: Teaching Biochemistry through Research with the BASIL Curriculum

Workshop cost: Free (plus $400 stipend for completion of workshop activities)

Dates and Times: Saturday October 21, 2023  10 am - 4 pm EDT

Location: Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

In this workshop participants will learn about the distinguishing characteristics of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), be introduced to the curriculum used to implement BASIL CUREs in diverse institutional contexts, and create an action plan for how to adapt BASIL for your own course. Participants will gain hands-on experience with web-based BASIL resources and guidance in how to assess student learning in BASIL CUREs. Finally, participants will be invited to join a rich community of biochemists committed to increasing access to undergraduate research.

Virtual Workshop: Enhancing Assessment of Student Learning in Your CURE

Workshop cost: Free

Dates and Times: Saturday, October 21, 2023, 12-2 pm ET (9-11 am PT)

Are you eager to enhance your ability to assess student learning in your CURE? Our workshop is designed to empower faculty members like you with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively evaluate student learning outcomes in CUREs.


Workshop Highlights:

Virtual Workshop: Teaching Biochemistry through Research with the BASIL Curriculum

Workshop cost: Free

Dates and Times: September 30, 2023, virtual on zoom

In these workshops participants will learn about the distinguishing characteristics of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), be introduced to the curriculum used to implement BASIL CUREs in diverse institutional contexts, and create an action plan for how to adapt BASIL for your own course. Participants will gain hands-on experience with web-based BASIL resources and guidance in how to assess student learning in BASIL CUREs. Finally, participants will be invited to join a rich community of biochemists committed to increasing access to undergraduate research.

Virtual Workshop: Starting your BASIL Course

Workshop cost: Free

Date and Time: August 10, 2023, 3:00 pm Eastern, virtual on Zoom

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of starting your BASIL course, including creating your syallbus and determining your course structure and schedule. Workshop password: 806846.

Virtual Workshop: Teaching Biochemistry through Research with the BASIL Curriculum

Workshop cost: Free

Dates and Times: Feb. 23, 2023, 1:30-5:30 pm EST, virtual on zoom
May 16, 2023, 12:00-4:00 pm EDT,virtual on zoom

In these workshops participants will learn about the distinguishing characteristics of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), be introduced to the curriculum used to implement BASIL CUREs in diverse institutional contexts, and create an action plan for how to adapt BASIL for your own course. Participants will gain hands-on experience with web-based BASIL resources and guidance in how to assess student learning in BASIL CUREs. Finally, participants will be invited to join a rich community of biochemists committed to increasing access to undergraduate research.

Virtual Workshop: Protein Expression Troubleshooting

Thursday, April 20, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT, virtual on zoom

Join current BASIL instructors to get help trouble shooting the protein expression activity, as well as getting general questions answered.  Zoom link

In-Person Workshop: Teaching Biochemistry through Research with the BASIL Curriculum

Workshop cost: Free (plus $250 stipend for completion of workshop activities)

Dates and Times: Saturday March 4, 2023  10 am - 4 pm

Location: Fayetteville State University,  Fayetteville, NC

In this workshop participants will learn about the distinguishing characteristics of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), be introduced to the curriculum used to implement BASIL CUREs in diverse institutional contexts, and create an action plan for how to adapt BASIL for your own course. Participants will gain hands-on experience with web-based BASIL resources and guidance in how to assess student learning in BASIL CUREs. Finally, participants will be invited to join a rich community of biochemists committed to increasing access to undergraduate research.

Virtual Workshop: BASIL Instructors Workshop

Monday, November 21, 2:00-3:300 pm ET.  

Discuss course syallbus planning and scheduling, ask questions and meet other faculty who use the BASIL curriculum!


BASIL Instructors Workshop
Date and Time: August 18, 2022, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Get your questions about BASIL answered before the start of the Fall semester!  Find out more about our new website, resources, and more!


BASIL@BCCE

Presentation: Reimagining an established CURE to provide high-quality digital learning experiences that are intentionally equitable, inclusive and accessible for all students. Arthur Sikora, Bonnie Hall, Santanu De, and Paul A. Craig
Date: Monday, August 1, 2022
Time: 11:25 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: 218ABCD - STEW

Workshop: Designing effective assessment strategies for CUREs and other research-based experiences.
Bonnie Hall and Arthur Sikora
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: CHAS 1064

Workshop: Visualization and docking of protein-ligand interactions in discovery of function of unknown proteins for the biochemistry teaching laboratory.
Mike Pikaart
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: CHAS 2064

Presentation: An Authentic Research and Online Publication Experience in the Undergraduate Biochemistry Lab: Student and Instructor Perspectives.
Bonnie Hall
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Time: 2:05 PM - 2:25 PM
Location: WALC B093