Biology Enhancement through Science Technology (BEST)
Part I of the grant will develop a Learning Enrichment center to provide tutoring, testing strategies to prepare for examinations for professional school (GRE, MCAT, DAT and PCAT) and external learning materials for the undergraduate students in the biology department. Part 1 will also design and institute a gross anatomy lab using human cadavers. The use of human cadavers on PVAMU’s campus will allow the faculty at PVAMU an opportunity to effectively teach the student how the human body works in our Gross anatomy course which is offered as a upper division course. Part 2 will provide support to establish partnerships with area high school science departments throughout the academic year. The proposed activities will provide year round academic enhancement in scientific education for area high schools. The faculty will travel to the area schools and perform experimentation for hands-on activities. These activities will provide student and teacher development by engaging teachers and students in mainstream research projects with researchers in the department of biology. Part 3 will provide opportunities for faculty members to attend professional meetings and develop partnerships with other universities. The proposed objectives will enhance the overall teaching, retention of students and continue the rich tradition of producing scholars from the Biology department.