GCC 3016/5016 Students Present at Grand Challenge Community Workshop

December 7, 2018

On Tuesday, November 27th, Drs. Dawn Foster-Hartnett, Pat Goodman-Mamula, and Jim Johnson served as reviewers for the Fall 2018 Grand Challenge Curriculum Classroom to Community workshop.

The opening welcome session featured GCC students from GCC 3016/5016, Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse, Spring 2018. Participants included Chetana Guthikonda, Rachel Grushan, and Reem Elbasher who presented on "Bringing UTI Conversations to Boynton: An Antibiotic Stewardship". They were the only student group featured from this class.

Student Workshop Summaries

Chetana Guthikonda: For our project, the workshop was instrumental in helping us figure out how to articulate what we were doing to a general biology audience while still addressing the important details of our project. Communicating science can be hard, so getting constructive feedback and having the opportunity to practice that was very beneficial. 

Rachel Grushan: The new perspectives and feedback our group received at last year's workshop event has continued to benefit our project. Formulating and pitching our idea in a very short presentation to a group of fresh listeners helped us articulate what we wanted to accomplish with our project, as clearly and concisely as possible. We found that the most challenging feedback we received tended to be the most important to consider. 

Reem Elbasher-The project has been beneficial to me because it has really shown me how important it is to take an interdisciplinary approach when you are working towards a solution to an issue that is affecting society, or trying to make an impact on any level. The implications of antibiotic resistance, or really any issue of this nature, extend beyond the realm of science, so the solutions should too. As a future public health professional and practitioner, learning this lesson through our project has really impacted the focus of my current and future goals. I think that the biggest benefit of being able to share our progress at the GCC workshop was all of the feedback that we got. It is always very encouraging and helpful to hear people share their positive thoughts with us, as well as their constructive criticism. 

Reviewers, Drs. Dawn Foster-Hartnett and Pat Goodman-Mamula agree that this experience has been enjoyable and rewarding for all involved. Dr. Foster-Hartnett states, “This is not a competition, but rather a chance to receive feedback and exchange ideas.  I have served as a reviewer on three occasions.  I really enjoy hearing about the different real-world problems students work on.  Their energy and idealism is inspiring!”

Speaking of inspiration, Dr. Goodman-Mamula adds, “I was very proud to see my former students present their work with enthusiasm grace and self-confidence. I was also impressed with how much work they did on the project after our class was over and how much they accomplished.  As a reviewer, I listened to a diverse series of talks including ones on Combating Food Insecurity on Campus and Implicit Bias in STEM.”  This opportunity allowed students to discuss their projects and take steps that will allow them to develop their leadership skills.

The Grand Challenge Curriculum Classroom to Community workshop is hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Education every spring and fall semester. The workshop serves as an opportunity to share group projects being developed in current GCC courses.

This gives students the chance to receive feedback from experts in various fields both internal and external to the University of Minnesota so they are able to understand different perspectives and apply what they have learned to their final project.

Pictured from left to right: Chetana Guthikonda and Rachel Grushan