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dc.contributor.authorBimczok, Diane
dc.contributor.authorGraves, John
dc.identifier.citationBimczok, Diane, and John Graves. “A New Twist on the Graduate Student Journal Club: Using a Topic‐centered Approach to Promote Student Engagement.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 48, no. 3 (February 20, 2020): 262–268. doi:10.1002/bmb.21337.en_US
dc.description.abstractJournal clubs are widely used as an educational tool in graduate life science programs. In journal clubs, students are assigned to read specific journal articles to achieve a broad knowledge in their field of study and to gain competence in reading and assessing scientific publications. However, students often show low motivation to read assigned articles, and under‐prepared students contribute little to in‐class discussions. In order to promote student engagement in graduate‐level journal clubs, we used an inverted, student‐centered format that focuses on a scientific question or topic rather than specific publications. Both the weekly topics and the scientific publications were selected by the students and focused on aspects of the students' thesis research. For each weekly topic, students were asked to find papers, read the papers and summarize the findings during class, which led to the presentation of a variety of approaches and viewpoints. This approach trained students in literature search, focused reading and oral presentation skills and provided a broad overview of the research in the selected topic areas. Student feedback showed a high level of acceptance of the new format. We propose this inverted journal club format as a useful alternative to traditional formats, because it focuses on a different scientific skill set and leads to increased student engagement through its student‐centered approach.en_US
dc.rightsThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Bimczok, D., and Graves, J. (2020). A new twist on the graduate student journal club: Using a topic‐centered approach to promote student engagement. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 48, 262–268.], which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.en_US
dc.titleA new twist on the graduate student journal club: Using a topic‐centered approach to promote student engagementen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Educationen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Agricultureen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Letters & Scienceen_US
mus.relation.departmentMicrobiology & Immunology.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

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