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Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction Winners

The Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI) has been established to encourage innovation and excellence in education by recognizing outstanding, inquiry-based science and design-based engineering education modules. This type of education is a form of active learning wherein the instructor provides a question, or a challenge, and a general set of procedures that can be used to answer it. The students then produce an explanation or answer that is based on the evidence that they collect from appropriate resource materials or experimental processes that are, at least in part, of the students own proposal. Essays from the IBI winners are published each month in Science, and are collected here.


20 December 2013:
DNA Barcoding from NYC to Belize >
Stephen E. Harris and Marissa Bellino
The Student DNA Barcoding Project, an IBI prize–winning module, develops student-generated research to study local biodiversity using molecular biology skills.
29 November 2013:
Exploring the Evolution of Human Mate Preference >
Valerie Foster
The Evolution of Human Mate Preference, an IBI prize–winning module, uses inquiry to elucidate strategies used by males and females to maximize reproductive fitness.
25 October 2013:
Radiation and Atomic Literacy for Nonscientists >
Andy Johnson
Inquiry into Radioactivity, an IBI prize–winning module, enables students to develop meaningful understandings of ionizing radiation through guided experimentation.
27 September 2013:
Students Propose Genetic Solutions to Societal Problems >
Sue Wick, Mark Decker, David Matthes, and Robin Wright
The Genetic Engineering Proposal Project, an IBI prize-winning module, teaches biology students to devise innovative bioproducts or solutions to environmental or health problems.
30 August 2013:
An Inquiry into the Water Around Us >
Erin. K. H. Saitta, Tamra Legron-Rodriguez, and Melody A. Bowdon
An Inquiry into the Water Around Us, an IBI prize-winning module, brings the college classroom into the community.
26 July 2013:
Engaging High School Students in Research on Smoking Behavior >
Maureen M. Munn, Hiroki Oura, Mark Gallivan, Katie Van Horne, and Andrew W. Shouse
Exploring Databases, an IBI prize–winning module, enables students to conduct epidemiological research on smoking behavior using a database.
28 June 2013:
Investigating Ecosystems as a Blended Learning Experience >
Margus Pedaste, Ton de Jong, Tago Sarapuu, Jaanika Piksööt, Wouter R. van Joolingen, and Adam Giemza
The SCY ECO mission, an IBI prize–winning module, fosters inquiry learning, collaboration, and design for ecology following a blended learning approach.
31 May 2013:
Students as Collaborators in Systems Biology Research >
Susan McClatchy, Deborah McGann, Robert Gotwals, Amanda Baskett, and Gary Churchill
Quantitative Trait Mapping, an IBI prize–winning module, immerses students in the role of a systems biology researcher.
26 April 2013:
Root Cause Analysis for Young Engineers >
Joe Immel
Root Cause Analysis, an IBI prize–winning module, requires students to use a systematic approach to analyze complex problems.
29 March 2013:
Integrating Inquiry-Based Teaching with Faculty Research >
Tadashi Fukami
Biology 44Y, an IBI prize–winning module, helps students do science by practice, with a focus on plant-pollinator-microbe interactions as a model system.
22 February 2013:
Mars Student Imaging Project: Real Research by Secondary Students >
Sheri Klug Boonstra and Philip Christensen
The Mars Student Imaging Project, an IBI prize–winning module, provides student access to NASA scientists and spacecraft data.
25 January 2013:
Keeping an Eye on Biology >
Susan R. Singer, Jodi A. Schwarz, Cathryn A. Manduca, Sean P. Fox, Ellen R. Iverson, Benjamin J. Taylor, Steven B. Cannon, Gregory D. May, Sonja L. Maki, Andrew D. Farmer, and Jeffrey J. Doyle
Genomics Explorers, an IBI prize–winning module, engages students with bioinformatics and molecular research.
21 December 2012:
How We Got Here: An Inquiry-Based Activity About Human Evolution >
Rebecca M. Price
How We Got Here, an IBI prize–winning module, utilizes iterative cycles of inquiry to help students learn about evolution.
30 November 2012:
Solving Complex Problems >
K. V. Hodges
Solving Complex Problems, an IBI prize–winning module, challenges students to use their knowledge creatively in order to design solutions.
26 October 2012:
Student-Directed Discovery of the Plant Microbiome and Its Products >
Carol A. Bascom-Slack, A. Elizabeth Arnold, and Scott A. Strobel
Endophyte Discovery, an IBI Prize–winning module, allows novice scientists to engage in meaningful discovery through inquiry-based research experiences.
26 October 2012:
A Mutant Search—Caenorhabditis elegans and Gene Discovery >
Candace C. LaRue and Pamela A. Padilla
Worm Mutants, an IBI Prize–winning module, offers Biology majors the opportunity to identify mutants and learn about genes that regulate biological functions.
28 September 2012:
Personal Plants: Making Botany Meaningful by Experimentation >
Laura A. Hyatt
Personal Plants, an IBI Prize–winning module, offers students connections to taxonomy and systematics, plant chemistry, water relations, and pollination biology.
31 August 2012:
Discovering Nanoscience >
A. Colin Blair, Ellen R. Fisher, and Dawn Rickey
Exploring Gold Nanoparticles, the IBI Prize–winning module, guides students' construction and evidence-based refinement of their personal models of gold nanoparticles.
27 July 2012:
Engaging Students in Molecular Biology via Case-Based Learning >
Mark Bergland, Karen Klyczek, Chi-Cheng Lin, Mary Lundeberg, Rafael Tosado-Acevedo, Arlin Toro, Dinitra White, and Bjorn Wolter
Case It!, an IBI prize–winning module, provides computer simulations that enable student analysis of biological materials not usually available in laboratories.
27 July 2012:
Aipotu: Simulation from Nucleotides to Populations and Back Again >
Brian T. White
Aipotu, the IBI Prize–winning module, creates a world where students manipulate the DNA of virtual organisms and examine resulting effects.
29 June 2012:
Engaging Students in Earthquakes via Real-Time Data and Decisions >
Anne E. Egger
Seismicity and Relative Risk, the IBI Prize–winning module, utilizes freely available earthquake data to help students apply their knowledge to risk-related decision-making.
25 May 2012:
Learning Biology by Recreating and Extending Mathematical Models >
Hillel J. Chiel, Jeffrey P. Gill, Jeffrey M. McManus, and Kendrick M. Shaw
Dynamics of Biological Systems, the IBI Prize–winning module, brings mathematics into the biology laboratory.
27 April 2012:
Engaging Undergraduates in Global Health Technology Innovation >
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Lauren Vestewig Gray, and Maria Oden
"Appropriate Design for Global Health," the IBI Prize–winning module, primes students to respond to global health challenges with novel technological solutions.
30 March 2012:
Adapting to Osmotic Stress and the Process of Science >
Brittany J. Gasper, Dennis J. Minchella, Gabriela C. Weaver, Laszlo N. Csonka, and Stephanie M. Gardner
"Genetic Analysis of Adaptation to Osmotic Stress in Salmonella," the IBI Prize–winning module, uses mutant isolation and DNA sequencing to engage students in bacterial genetics and evolution.
30 March 2012:
Investigating Arabia Mountain: A Molecular Approach >
Nitya P. Jacob
"Investigating Microbial Diversity on Arabia Mountain," the IBI Prize–winning module, allows students to explore microbial diversity by DNA isolation and sequencing.
24 February 2012:
A Season for Inquiry: Investigating Phenology in Local Campus Trees >
Tammy Long and Sara Wyse
Campus Trees, the IBI Prize–winning module, uses local phenology to create authentic inquiry experiences in undergraduate biology.
27 January 2012:
An Inquiry-Based Curriculum for Nonmajors  >
David P. Jackson, Priscilla W. Laws, and Scott V. Franklin
Light, Sight, and Rainbows, the IBI prizewinning module, provides questions for exploring simple atmospheric phenomena.
Accompanying editorials:
A New College Science Prize and Teaching Real Science by Bruce Alberts