Breakout Session

The Pathways of Applied Career Experiences (PACE) Science Program Provides Opportunities to Prepare Students Entering the Workforce in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology

Track: Technology

Breakout III
Thursday, 4:40 – 5:40 pm

Abstract
The Pathways of Applied Career Experiences (PACE) Science Program supports students entering the workforce in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology. A major goal includes aligning curriculum with industry needs by expanding internship opportunities and soliciting industry feedback. Another major goal is implementing Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) to improve skills highly desired by industry, which include teamwork, oral and written communication, analytical approach, critical thinking, problem solving and time management skills, and to aid in student retention. Student self-evaluations support that students are more confident in technical, non-technical and knowledge based skills in courses that POGIL was implemented.

Keri Flanagan
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Co-Presenters:
Jenifer Martin
Assistant Professor

Jason Hudzik
Assistant Professor
County College of Morris

Bio
Keri Flanagan
I am an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the County College of Morris. I teach Organic Chemistry I and II, Introductory Chemistry and Instrumental Methods of Analysis. My highest degree earned is a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator on an NSF-ATE grant entitled Pathways of Applied Career Experiences (PACE) Science Program in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology.

Jenifer Martin
M.S., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, 2001
Teaching Responsibilities: Biochemistry and Microbiology

Publications:

  • “Investigation of Adenosine Base Ionization in the Hairpin Ribozyme by Nucleotide Analog Interference Mapping,” S. Ryder, A. Oyelere, J. Padilla, et.al., RNA 04/2001.
    Grants Awarded
  • Co-Principal Investigator on the Pathways of Applied Career Experience (PACE) Science Program in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology National Science Foundations (NSF) Grant 1400494.
    Teaching Awards
  • CTE Using iPads in the Classroom Grant, 2013
  • CTE Mini-Grant for attending the MACUB conference, 2013

Jason Hudzik
Ph.D. Chemistry, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Additional Academic Affiliations:

  • Research Collaborator at NJIT focusing on kinetic modeling of reaction pathways of hydrocarbon fuels using theoretical computational chemistry
    Teaching Responsibilities
  • Elements in Chemistry
  • General Chemistry I and II
    Teaching Awards
  • Fall 2014 Professors of the Semester by the CCM Alpha Kappa Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
    Grants
  • Co-Principal Investigator on the Pathways of Applied Career Experience (PACE) Science Program in Biotechnology and Chemical Technology National Science Foundations (NSF) Grant 1400494.