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Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Kristen Hogan receives the 2023 Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation

The  Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation is an annual award sponsored by the Office of the Provost that is given to USC's most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.  Dr. Kristen Hogan was just awarded the 2023 Garnet Apple Award.  Kristen incorporates inquiry-based learning, integrative pedagogy, and collaborative methods into her innovative teaching. These theories promote critical thinking, real-world connections, and group learning, allowing students to think independently and work collaboratively. She created the Fundamental Genetics Laboratory Interview Project, where students interview professors to foster personal connections and learn about research and teaching interests. Kristen also developed Biological Principles I Laboratory Take-Home Lab Kits to provide hands-on experience and promote independent learning during the pandemic. Additionally, she is developing the Exploration of Infectious Diseases Abroad course, which immerses students in the biology and ethics of diseases through travel experiences. Lastly, Kristen implements exam study sessions that utilize Kahoot!. The sessions help students prepare for exams and identify their strengths and weaknesses.Huge congrats Kristen!

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