Milwaukee Area SMART Teams

In the SMART Team program, students delve into the molecular world, explore science as a process and work closely with a researcher to understand and model the structure-function relationship of a protein. The Local SMART Team program is reserved for Milwaukee-area schools.

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The program is divided into three consecutive phases

Qualification Phase

In the Qualification Phase, all teams explore a common cutting-edge research topic determined by the CBM to demonstrate their competency in telling a molecular story. Local Teams across the country work with their teachers to review basic protein structure and learn to use JMol, a molecular visualization program.

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Research and Design Phase

In the Research and Design Phase, Local Teams are paired with a research Mentor, visit their respective Mentor's laboratory to learn more about the process of science, and design and build a model of the protein.

Research & Design Tasks
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Presentation Phase

In the Presentation Phase, Local Teams work with their Mentor to develop a poster and an oral presentation that explain their "molecular story" - why their protein is important and how the structure relates to the function of the protein.

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SMART Teams are funded by NCRR, HHMI and the CTSI of Southeastern Wisconsin

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