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Westminster College Professor Published in Journal of College Science Teaching

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Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016

Westminster College biology professor Dr. Katherine Robertson’s article, “An Authentic Research Experience on a Budget: Using Data from Simple Experiments to Develop Mini Research Proposals,” will be published in the November issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching

In this article, Robertson outlines the research format that she uses with her developmental biology students to help prepare them for their capstone project and research they will do after college as well as helping to give the students a deeper understanding of the topic.

“Students who first experience research in their senior year may feel overwhelmed and/or unmotivated because they perceive their capstone project as an unwelcome formality for graduation and fail to appreciate its relevance to their chosen careers,” wrote Robertson. “Introducing some research experiences early in the curriculum helps to alleviate these problems and improves retention.”

Robertson received her master’s degree in immunology and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of London, UK, and has been with Westminster College since 2005.

Contact Robertson at 724-946-7213 or email for more information.