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Keeping the FYRE Going: Developing a FYRE Curriculum (FYRE seminar series part 3 of 3)

Presenters: Joyce Fernandes, Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research; and Joseph Johnson, Professor of Psychology

This workshop will engage participants in developing the framework for an intended FYRE course, using the approved format of the UNV171/172 mechanism. Sample syllabi from existing courses will be used as a starting point to develop a 2-semester curriculum, with the goal of helping first-year students develop research process skills. Teams and individuals interested in Interdisciplinary as well as disciplinary emphases are encouraged to attend.

Joyce J. Fernandes, Ph.D., is Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research. Her research focusses on reorganization of motor pathways in the fruit fly, which is a well-established genetic model system. Dr. Fernandes's research projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as the National Science Foundation. She has mentored over 50 undergraduate researchers during her time at Miami. Dr. Fernandes was instrumental in developing the First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program at Miami, which provides opportunities for early involvement in undergraduate research. She teaches courses in Cell Biology and Developmental Biology as well as a 2-semester FYRE sequence.

As former chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee of University Senate, Dr. Joseph Johnson proposed and led the creation of the Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU), where he served as its inaugural director from 2014-2017. During his time at ORU, he secured funding to lead the redesign of the FYRE program to a course-based research model. He has led three year-long iterations of the FYRE courses (UNV 171/172) on a variety of topics in the behavioral sciences, reaching 55 first-year students. In the Department of Psychology, Dr. Johnson teaches statistics, research methods, and scientific writing, and he does research using computational models to capture the cognitive processses associated with decision-making behavior.

Thursday, April 16 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Lectures & Presentations, Information Sessions, Training & Development

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
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