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The Use of Popular Fiction to Present a Professional Scientific Career to High School Students

    Authors: Caylib Durand1, Santiago Ramón-García2,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Life Sciences Institute Graduate Student Association (LSI-GSA).; 2: University of British Columbia Post-Doctoral Association (UBC-PDA). Department of Microbiology and Immunology. University of British Columbia Life Sciences Institute. Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
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    • Published 20 December 2010
    • Supplemental material available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Microbiology and Immunology Life Sciences Center, University of British Columbia, 2350 Health Science Mall - Room 2502, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 Canada. Phone: 822 8094. Fax: 822 6041. E-mail: ramon@interchange.ubc.ca.
    • Copyright © 2010 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2010 vol. 11 no. 2 166-167. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v11i2.194
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    Abstract:

    In a previous Tips & Tools article, Patricia J. Baynham advocated for the introduction of science to students by hosting scientists in classrooms. We approached the issue from a different perspective. Since the ability of scientists to demonstrate science could be hampered with limited time and classroom resources, we proposed to introduce students to a professional and active scientific environment for a one-day outreach program. Our goal was to give students hands-on training, mentorship, career information, and an opportunity to ask questions to facilitate a possible career choice in research.

    Briefly, the “CSI at the LSI” outreach program (LSI, Life Sciences Institute), based on the popular fiction “Crime Scene Investigation” (CSI) TV show, was a murder mystery involving a plot with real characters (grad students, postdocs, and professors) to generate a fun and interactive learning environment. The students carried out experiments using modern scientific techniques to collect “evidence.” At the end of the day, they share the results to identify the suspect.

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1. Baynham PJ 2010 Want to inspire science students to consider a research career? Host a scientist in your classroom J Microbiol Biol Educ 11 62 63 DOI:10.787/jmbe.v1.i2.147.
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Abstract:

In a previous Tips & Tools article, Patricia J. Baynham advocated for the introduction of science to students by hosting scientists in classrooms. We approached the issue from a different perspective. Since the ability of scientists to demonstrate science could be hampered with limited time and classroom resources, we proposed to introduce students to a professional and active scientific environment for a one-day outreach program. Our goal was to give students hands-on training, mentorship, career information, and an opportunity to ask questions to facilitate a possible career choice in research.

Briefly, the “CSI at the LSI” outreach program (LSI, Life Sciences Institute), based on the popular fiction “Crime Scene Investigation” (CSI) TV show, was a murder mystery involving a plot with real characters (grad students, postdocs, and professors) to generate a fun and interactive learning environment. The students carried out experiments using modern scientific techniques to collect “evidence.” At the end of the day, they share the results to identify the suspect.

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