Rachel Martin is a biophysical chemist. She earned her B.S. at Arizona State University and Ph.D. at Yale University, both in chemistry, and did her postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance. Her research focus is methods development for molecular-level understanding of protein stability. Her teaching interests include building research self-efficacy and helping students learn to read current scientific literature effectively.
Implementation of Specifications Grading in Upper-Division Chemical Biology Course
This work represents the first known implementation of specifications grading to an upper-division chemical biology course. We will present how we established grading criteria, developed assignments, and handled revisions. We will also discuss our evaluation of the results of a verified survey on growth mindset and self-efficacy over the duration of the course, as well as lessons from the teaching perspective and reflection on future improvements.
Co-Presenter: Jessica Kelz, Graduate Student Researcher, UCI Chemical and Materials Physics Program, DTEI Pedagogical Fellow
Jessica Kelz is a Navy veteran, graduate student researcher in UCI’s Chemical and Materials Physics program, and DTEI pedagogical fellow. She has mentored five undergraduate researchers and contributed to the development of an active learning module in protein structure analysis for undergraduate biochemistry courses. The unifying theme of her research and teaching is increasing accessibility in biophysical techniques and STEM education.