Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill


A group of students were introduced to two hallmark papers in an experimental Cell Biology course module. The course was designed to present a paradigm for sifting through and interpreting the data presented by scientific literature. For each paper students were given the necessary information needed to interpret a paper's results. Tables and figures were then discussed in class. Following this, groups of several students were asked to complete an assignment which related to several or all of the figures and tables. Strong emphasis was placed on understanding each table or figure's role in the logical progression of the article. This paper reports the successes and failures of such a class.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department