First Science Skills Series Workshop a Success

Posted on 12/7/2015 11:00:10 AM

This past week, a diverse group of students voluntarily participated in the first workshop in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ new Science Skills Series.

Science Skills Series workshop

The students attending represented four different departments/programs from two of IUP’s colleges. The December 4 workshop, led by Vida Irani (Department of Biology), focused on the quantitative skills required to prepare and evaluate the concentration of solutions, as well as prepare specific dilutions of them. These skills are very commonly required in many science courses, yet remain a typical stumbling block for many students.

The students in Irani’s workshop learned more about the concepts behind these skills, but, more importantly, they were given direct, relevant examples and practice problems from experimental laboratory science. Indeed, the students who successfully completed this workshop will be invited to participate in a follow-up workshop utilizing PCR and gel electrophoresis, during which they will test the skills they honed in this first workshop and add to their repertoire of molecular biology skills.

Attendees at the Science Skills Series workshop

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