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Library Events

iROC: Crowdsourcing for Undergraduate Research

Mar 23

4:00 PM5:00 PM
Kaplan Library Rm 218

 Portrait of: Suparna BhallaMerkhofer


Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Undergraduate Research in the Classroom

iROC - Investigating Research on Campus

Please be with us March 23rd when Evan Merkhofer and Suparna Bhalla, Division of Natural Sciences, will present Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Undergraduate Research in the Classroom.

Undergraduate research has been shown to be a key component to students’ education. Research, in combination with a sound academic foundation, helps students to develop their critical thinking skills, as well as their oral and written communication skills. However, not all students have the opportunity to work independently in a research setting, and involving all students in this way can be cost and time prohibitive. Classroom Based Undergraduate Research (CURE) programs provide students with the opportunity to participate in authentic research while gaining valuable skills and increasing scientific understanding.

Two CURE programs that have been implemented at the college will be discussed: The Genomics Education Partnership (GEP) involves upper level science majors, while the Science Education Alliance - Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program is geared towards first-year students. Dr. Merkhofer and Dr. Bhalla will provide both qualitative and quantitative data formally collected through Persistence in the Sciences (PITS) and Classroom-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) surveys regarding the outcome of the CURE programs.

Evan Merkhofer is an Assistant Professor of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences. Dr. Merkhofer graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he did his dissertation work studying gene expression in breast cancer. He did his postdoctoral work in Tracy Johnson’s lab at the University of California San Diego before coming to the Mount in 2014. Dr. Merkhofer’s interest is in studying the mechanisms of how genes are expressed, and teaches classes in Genetics, Molecular Biology and Virology.

Suparna Bhalla is an Associate Professor of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences. She holds a MS Degree in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University, Canada. Her current research projects include: Investigating the anti-proliferative role of phytochemicals on cervical cancer cells, a collaboration with NYS DEC monitoring the American Eel population in the Quassaick Creek and isolation and annotation of novel viruses from soil, as part of the SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program.

Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Undergraduate Research in the Classroom will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 of the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546,

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