SMART Team Students at the ASBMB Poster Session

The Impact of SMART Teams

The impact of the SMART Team program is both significant and long lasting. Below are a collection of responses from SMART Team teachers, mentors and students. To see more alumni profiles with information on what they are doing after completing a SMART Team project, Click Here.

If you are interested in the SMART Team program, contact Judy Birschbach (birschbach@msoe.edu) .



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"It has come to show me that even a young high school student can become a member of the scientific community."

"It has taught me teamwork as well as it's okay if you do not know something."

"I love SMART Team!!!! As a senior I feel really prepared for college level courses and I can confidently engage with the scientific community. I can also communicate research and scientific findings in a clear and comprehensive way to anyone. Thanks!!!!"

"SMART Team taught me the value of teamwork, how to break down complex scientific texts into manageable and understandable pieces, how to collaborate with professional scientists. I'm very thankful for the SMART Team program and everything it's taught me - discipline, persistence, a sense of humility."

"I learned so much from SMART Team its hard to know where to start! I learned about writing skills as my team's abstract was revised. I also learned about computers through Jmol. I learned that research is not just an interesting topic, but that it affects people every day. The questions that researchers ask today will unlock answers of tomorrow! New medicines and treatments can be developed through research. I found out how important modeling is to the scientific community. I also became more interested in microbiology and proteins. SMART Team helped me learn what I want to do after high school."

"SMART team allows me to learn about things that are beyond the scope of what can be taught in a classroom."

"It helped me see different parts of a scientist's job and how research comes together in the end to tell a story."

"It gave me a better idea on how I may want to be involved in the scientific community in the future."

"It has taught me the importance of protein modeling in the scientific process."

"The Smart team program gave me an understanding in working in the science field and what I could possibly achieve."

"It made me more aware of the scientific community and what part their research plays on our everyday lives."

"It challenged more than I would have been in the classroom."

"It really opened up science to me. Science isn't sitting in a classroom learning about rocks its about being in a lab doing research alongside your mentor."

"The SMART Team program has taught me the importance of communication and modeling not only within the scientific community but as general life skills. It also showed me how to have an open mind and be willing to learn about others projects and molecules of interest. Last, the SMART Team program has taught me the importance of actively participating in the scientific community, being professional, and having the ability to take something complex and put it into simpler yet accurate terms."

"The SMART Team program taught me what research was all about. It also taught me that you always have support and not everyone knows all the answers. One has to ask questions to learn, even our mentor still has questions. By participating in SMART Team I have come to enjoy science/biology more and will continue down that career path in college."

"It made me more interested in being a part of the scientific community."

"SMART team has had a huge impact on my life so far. My outlook on my life has changed completely. I can look at the simplest things and understand them, and it is a great feeling. Because of smart team I have no doubt I will be choosing a science related career path in my future."

"SMART Team prepared me for my future and set up a career path in which I wish to follow through on in the biochemistry field."

"Previous to my SMART team experience, I was ignorant to how the real world relays information. I now understand that everyone must be able to share information in a constructive manner, in order to further the understanding of the universe."

"Participating in SMART Team has shown me a more in depth of what scientists do on a regular basis and how they collaborate and share results."

"SMART teams have gotten me excited for college and to learn more about biology and chemistry."

"This program has opened my eyes to an entirely new career field. I have learned so much through this experience and I am extremely grateful that I have experienced this."

"I have changed my mind about what I want to go to college for. Coming into the SMART team program I wanted to be a mechanic. I now want to be a nurse or physician's assistant."

SMART Team Publications

Images of Anthrax: A Team Approach
By Jon Knopp, Chem Matters, December 2002, pages 4-6

Put Your Lab in a Different Class
By Sally Goodman, Nature 420, 12-14 (2002)

Models of Excitement: Teachers use rapid prototyping to build protein structures
By Toni Shears, HHMI Bulletin June 2002, pages 46-47

Tactile Teaching: Exploring protein structure/function using physical models
By Tim Herman, Jennifer Morris, Shannon Colton, Ann Batiza, Mike Patrick, Margaret Franzen and David Goodsell Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ. 34, 247-254 (2006)

Rethinking Outreach: Teaching the process of science through modeling
By Tim Herman, Shannon Colton and Margaret Franzen, PLOS Biol 6(4):e86 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060086




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