Invited Letter: By implementing key strategies and providing necessary support for students, community colleges can better support undergraduate research
- 1. Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA
Hello, my name is Dr. Dominic Salerno and I have served as an assistant professor in the biology department at The Community College of Philadelphia for 12 years. As an instructor, researcher, and vocational training coordinator, my role here contributes to student learning, research, and developing careers in the life sciences. As a professor of microbiology and cell/molecular biology, I attempt to foster a dynamic learning environment with courses that integrate theoretical knowledge with real-world applications. I passionately believe in the value of research-based learning and training for my students. I encourage them to engage in research projects that align with their interests and the fields they desire to work in. Our regional and national partnerships provide technical training through the biomedical technician training program and via original research projects conducted at CCP. I facilitate opportunities for students to participate in meaningful research experiences that enhance their understanding of the life sciences and equips them with the technical skills needed to work in the field.