The Biology Department at Pine Manor College submitted a grant proposal to the NIH under the BUILD initiative. We are awaiting review of our proposal and hope to launch this site in the near future.
The major innovation catalyzed by our BUILD Program is the development, testing and implementation of a model for other similar small, private liberal arts colleges to undergo a similar change and promote a research-intensive curriculum for their students.
The Student Training Core will include four major academic initiatives:
- early and continuous research exposure and experiences (Tufts Partner page)
- an inquiry-driven, competency based curriculum that integrates research at all levels of course offerings
- a holistic mentoring system in which students are both being mentored and providing mentoring for students coming up (Science Club for Girls page and East Boston High School page)
- focused tutoring from professional staff at Pine Manor College
A final element is the provision of financial support, in the form of scholarships and stipends for BUILD Scholars.
Competency-based and Inquiry-driven Pine Manor Biology Curriculum:
A major academic initiative is revision of the biology curriculum to a competency-based model for science education. The Biology Program has defined five core competencies that will define proficiency for all biology majors upon graduation. These competencies are: inquiry and critical analysis, effective oral and written communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, and collaboration. Our model utilizes targeted "BUILD courses" within the biology curriculum that contain activities designed to model these competencies and facilitate student achievement through inquiry-based learning.
Our BUILD curriculum targets three core courses within the biology curriculum with specific research-driven laboratory experiences. Some of this research will be directed by Dr. Bear and Dr. Krieser and some experiments will arrive as a "Lab in a Box" brought by research scientists from Tufts and area biotechnology companies.
Director of the Pine Manor BUILD curriculum:
Colleen Krieser, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at Pine Manor College
Dr. Krieser received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2004 from Dartmouth College. Since 2004, she has been working with undergraduates at primarily undergraduate institutions and has been heavily involved in curriculum development. From 2004 to 2008, she was an Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Thomas Aquinas College, a small liberal arts college with a diverse student body in Sparkill, NY, during which time she developed a new Neuroscience course. Dr. Krieser joined Pine Manor as an Assistant Professor of Biology in 2008 and was promoted and awarded tenure in 2014. She has promoted several key curricular changes, including a program-wide writing initiative. Dr. Krieser is currently the Biology Program Coordinator. In 2013, she completed a sabbatical in the laboratory of Peter Juo, PhD, at TUSM/Sackler where her research allowed her to model initiatives to incorporate into her courses. Her work with C.elegans, a powerful molecular and genetic model, has now successfully been incorporated into the curriculum.