General

Last Name

Wolyniak

First Name

Michael

Department or Program Name

Biology

Institution Name

Hampden-Sydney College

PO box or mailstop

P.O. Box 183

City

Hampden-Sydney

State

VA

Country

USA

Postal Code

23943

URL

http://www.hsc.edu/Academics/Academic-Majors/Biology/Professors/Mike-Wolyniak.html

Residency

Residency Attended

2014-2015 Research Residency

Institution

Teaching

Primary student type

Undergraduate students – biology majors, Undergraduate students – general education or non-science majors

Introductory courses

General biology, Cell biology, Genetics, Biochemistry

Advanced courses

-Molecular Biology and Genetics, Critical Review of the Medical Literature, Genomics and Bioinformatics—each of these courses focuses on experimental design and honing of scientific critical thinking skills using modern research advances in biology as a backdrop.

Professional Affiliations

Research

Research question, hypotheses

Do students in an introductory biology survey laboratory with a focus on an “authentic” research project demonstrate improved student learning gains when the project provides experiences from the full diversity of the life sciences as opposed to a singularly-focused project?

In other words, does the provision for full content coverage in this lab improve the experience for students over one in which content coverage is not provided?

Research type

How students think and feel about a learning experience (satisfaction, reaction), How students change their feelings about abilities or intentions to continue in science based on a learning experience (efficacy, interest, motivation)

Impact of Research

Overall Experience