This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Evolutionary Bioinformatics Education: A BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium Approach at NSF Chautauqua Short Course in May 2003. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Molecular phylogeny of a chef salad
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Cole Benton
Jackson State University

Frank Severance
Western Michigan University

Tim Watkins
Macalester College


Possible Audiences:

Neophytes in an evolution course  


Brief Overview:

Students will look at their chef salad and 1) classify species according to their own list of criteria 2) perhaps develop a phylogeny based on published morphological data 3) download sequences (ideally of 3-4 genes) and make a molecular phylogeny  


Project Materials:

1 chef salad many computers considerable patience  


Resources and References:

Dining services, accession #6428A-12J The good ol' library NIH Entrez  


Future Directions: