HCC Faculty
Mini-Grant Awards
The HCC Foundation funded two Mini-Grants during the past year:
to establish a
research course involving the collection and analysis of local mosquitoes; and
implement a seminar/webinar series focused on enhancing the quality of the student-
faculty / learning-teaching relationship.
The new course was offered in spring 2012 and co-taught by Dr. Jennifer Bess and
Professor John Whitlock to offer HCC students a unique research opportunity. The
students used a molecular technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to identify
the viral and bacterial species of mosquitoes. Specific target DNA was amplified,
visually analyzed by gel electrophoresis and sent to a sequencing facility to determine
the exact genetic code. The mini-grant funds were used to purchase lab supplies and
to send a student to the 2nd Annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference at
Stetson University. A student said of her experience, “I can honestly say that it was my
best experience at HCC and in my academic career to date.”
HCC Foundation Annual Report 2011-2012
Thank you to our Donors”
program support
HCC Faculty, Linda Prescott and Jody Weaver, created a seminar/
webinar series focused on quality enhancement of the student-faculty /
learning-teaching relationship to increase student success and improve
student retention. Over the course of the academic year, the Ybor City
Campus Learning Council facilitated five webinars and offered an
additional six webinars. The webinars provided faculty with techniques
to engage students, promote critical thinking, and incorporate teamwork
that could be utilized in their classrooms. Feedback from faculty
included comments, “I think this concept helped organize the class
and better prepared the students for discussion of the material.” and
my classes will be using much more collaborative learning.” Through
faculty discussions and feedback, the Ybor City Campus Learning
Council gained valuable insight in achieving successful student learning
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