Utilizing Saccharomyces in the classroom: a versatile organism for teaching and learning

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In the world of higher education, one of the struggles instructors face in the classroom is engaging students in the material. A second discussion in higher education pedagogy is how to weigh content versus activity in the science classroom. How should college teaching be set up when students now have every fact ever found at their fingertips on a device no larger than a half sandwich? What is the correct balance in the classroom between content/ knowledge and activity? As instructors grapple with these questions, a new type of learning experience called the Course Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) has been developed, whereby students engage in an authentic research question in a classroom and laboratory setting. CUREs have been shown to be effective learning experiences for students but can be difficult to implement. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a versatile and easy to use organism in the classroom that can be used for a wide variety of classroom activities. Described herein are a number of ways an instructor can use yeast in the classroom for authentic research experiences, especially focused towards a CURE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-190
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Biological Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 15 2019


  • active learning
  • course based undergraduate research experiences
  • laboratory
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • undergraduate learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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