Students of Dr. Margie Paz, senior lecturer in the Department of Microbiology of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, recently fulfilled a service-learning activity related to their Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory (MIBO 3510L) class. They talked with students that attend Griffin High School about different fields of study in microbiology, as well as career paths, and college life on the UGA Griffin Campus. It was an educational experience that aimed to provide UGA-Griffin students with an opportunity to gain enhanced learning, a broader appreciation of microbiology, and a sense of civic responsibility.
A group of Griffin High School biology students visited the University of Georgia Griffin Campus last week to conduct a science experiment under the direction of college students. The UGA students were fulfilling their service learning component of their “Basic Skills in the Laboratory” class, taught by Margie Paz, a senior lecturer in the microbiology department of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
“Participating in this service-learning activity helped the college students meet the requirement of UGA’s new experiential learning initiative, which began this semester. Every UGA undergraduate student must now participate in a hands-on, learning opportunity outside of the classroom.
The GHS students who participated in the experiment are all currently enrolled in biology classes and were selected for the experience by their teachers. The high school students performed a genetic engineering experiment using green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the supervision of the UGA Griffin students. The experiment helped the GHS students understand the scientific process involved in the GFP gene’s expression, Paz said.