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Undergraduate Bioinformatics Workshops Provide Perceived Skills

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    Author: Robin Herlands Cresiski1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Physical and Life Sciences, Nevada State College, Henderson, NV 89002
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    • Published 15 December 2014
    • Supplemental materials available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Nevada State College, 1125 Nevada State Dr., Henderson NV 89002. Phone: 702-992-2651. Fax: 702-992-2501. E-mail: Robin.Cresiski@nsc.edu.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 292-294. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.638

    Abstract:

    Bioinformatics is becoming an important part of undergraduate curriculum, but expertise and well-evaluated teaching materials may not be available on every campus. Here, a guest speaker was utilized to introduce bioinformatics and web-available exercises were adapted for student investigation. Students used web-based nucleotide comparison tools to examine the medical and evolutionary relevance of a unidentified genetic sequence. Based on pre- and post-workshop surveys, there were significant gains in the students understanding of bioinformatics, as well as their perceived skills in using bioinformatics tools. The relevance of bioinformatics to a student’s career seemed dependent on career aspirations.

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Perceptions unchanged by workshops: student responses to pre- and post-workshop survey where > 0.05 in paired t-test.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 292-294. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.638
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Perceptions changed by workshops: student responses to pre- and post-workshop survey where < 0.05 in paired t-test.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 292-294. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.638
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