Brown is a project site for AAU STEM effort

Hands-on learning, purple lab gloves and all

The “Phage Hunters” course gives first-year students a chance to find, name, and analyze the DNA of undiscovered viruses. “This is how science operates,” said Prof. Peter Shank, with student Alex Hadick. The hope is to hook students early. Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University

Brown University is one of eight research universities chosen as a project site for a national effort at improving undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Association  of American Universities intends to identify and disseminate proven, evidence-based teaching practices in STEM programs nationwide.