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Shea presents FUTURE in Biomedicine Program to Board of Regents

FUTURE_SheaLab_10_croppedAt the June meeting of the Board of Regents, Professor of Biochemistry Madeline Shea presented an overview of the FUTURE in Biomedicine Program, a novel STEM initiative now beginning its sixth year in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. FUTURE stands for Fostering Undergraduate Talent – Uniting Research and Education. A major goal of FUTURE is to develop a statewide network of scientist-educators conducting collaborative research and sharing best practices for teaching undergraduates about the breadth of new discoveries in biomedicine.

During the summer portion of the FUTURE in Biomedicine program, professors from primarily undergraduate institutions bring a student or two, and work in a host laboratory in Iowa City to make use of state-of-the-art instruments, research facilities, and faculty expertise. They also participate in weekly events to learn about the resources and training programs offered by the Carver College of Medicine and the Graduate College.

The FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellows serve on two public panels during the summer to share information about their home colleges with UI admissions directors, and to provide career advice to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows considering a career in academia. Professor Shea, the founding director of the program, shared with the regents news about how the summer collaborations have evolved into long-term research and learning partnerships that strengthen undergraduate science education across the entire state.

Since it began in 2009, the FUTURE program has hosted 25 professors from 17 schools. There have been at least seven co-authored research papers and 35 presentations at scientific conferences, as well as three successful grant applications with three more currently in preparation. The FUTURE Faculty enrich teaching and research on their own campuses with insights gained from their experiences in Iowa City, and facilitate connections that help their students pursue opportunities in graduate and medical education or work as research assistants at the University of Iowa.

This year, the FUTURE program has participants from Coe College in Cedar Rapids; Loras College in Dubuque; Drake University in Des Moines; Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo; Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids; and Wartburg College in Waverly.

To learn more about this year’s participants and the program, visit www.medicine.uiowa.edu/future. A map of participating institutions across the state is here http://now.uiowa.edu/files/now.uiowa.edu/future_collegestate09-13_web.pdf.

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