Travis and Janetski Present at Life Discovery-Doing Science Conference

Posted on 3/24/2016 2:14:47 PM

Holly Travis, Biology faculty member, and Erin Janetski, Biology MS student, presented original research on student engagement through citizen science participation and led a hands-on, mini-cover board workshop at the third Life Discovery-Doing Science Conference, held on March 18–19, 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The conference is organized by the Ecological Society of America, the Botanical Society of America, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society for Economic Botany. This conference focuses on stimulating approaches to Life Science instruction that connect learning to life science careers in research and practice, connect learning to current events, and connect learning across institutions and settings.

Janetski reported the results of a survey given to two non-majors science classes to evaluate the impact of participation in citizen science programs on students’ sense of engagement and competence in science. Undergraduate students Victoria Stone and Cierra Davis also participated in the project design and implementation.

Travis discussed mini-cover boards and led participants through a simulated activity to introduce the many types of projects that can be done with students at all levels using mini-cover boards.

Erin Janetski and Holly Travis

Erin Janetski and Holly Travis at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore, MD for the third Life Discovery-Doing Science Conference