The goal of the VGN Professional Development and Education (PDE) Core is to support scientific research and curriculum enhancement at our Baccalaureate Partner Institutes (BPIs). The PDE core works with our Baccalaureate Partner Coordinators to organize annual fall Grant Writing Workshops and spring Professional Development Events. The PDE Core will monitor the creation of Faculty Development Plans which will be mandatory for VGN funded faculty during the next round of funding.
As part of the PDE Core, the Outreach Team works with faculty and staff from the VGN core facilities (Microarray, Bioinformatics, and Proteomics) to expose faculty and undergraduates in the State of Vermont to scientific technology and resources using hands-on experiences through workshops. These experiences increase the knowledge and the skills of faculty and undergraduate science students within the state, helping them in their scientific career development.
Services Provided - Research and teaching are separated below for convenience but these often overlap.
Consultations - Members of the outreach team are available to discuss faculty and student research. We will offer our knowledge and facilitate communication with other experts when necessary.
Workshops - The term "workshop" is used broadly to denote interactions with faculty and students to further their research. Workshops can be seminars, tutorials, specialized hands on technical training or troubleshooting for students and faculty.
Development - We work with faculty to support the addition of scientific technology (primarily associated with genomics and proteomics) or bioinformatics into a course. This may involve bringing faculty research into a course (or module).
Modules - We have developed modules for undergraduates; Microarray, Bioinformatics, and Proteomics. Through these modules, our team has worked with over 28 faculty and 720 undergraduate students from eight baccalaureate colleges. These modules have been integrated at many of out BPI partner colleges and we provide technical support if needed. Please click on a link below for more information on the modules and how they have been utilized and adapted at our BPIs.
VGN held its annual Grant Writing Workshop on November 11, 2017 at Norwich University. Here are resources with information that was shared by Dr. Grace Spatafora of Middlebury College and Dr. Karen Hinkle of Norwich University at the workshop.