This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2008. 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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A Metagenomic Analysis of Polymicrobial Environments in the Undergraduate Laboratory
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



John Berestecky
University of Hawaii Kapiolani

Mark Forsyth
College of William and Mary

Michael LaGier
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Anthony Arment
Central State University

Christine Bezotte
Elmira College


Possible Audiences:

Undergraduate biology majors  


Brief Overview:

Student goals: 1) Mastery of the following techniques: recombinant DNA technology, environmental sampling, bioinformatics, DNA sequencing technology. 2) Student learning outcomes: microbial diversity, ecology, physiology and metabolism. 3) Peer collaboration and teamwork  


Project Materials:

Basic molecular reagents DNA sequencing capability Bioinformatics tools  


Resources and References:  


Future Directions:

Multi-year metagenomic projects Hook for independent undergraduate research projects  



- Bioquest-2008-cirroculum1.ppt