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Introducing biophotonics to first year undergraduates in science and non-science majors: approaches and lessons learned

Paper Abstract

Engaging students in photonics can be challenging as the field appears lesser known compared to standard majors offered at US Colleges and Universities. At the University of California Davis we teach a well-received introductory biophotonics course that attracts 20-25 honors freshman students yearly. The 40-hour course attracts science, engineering, and humanities majors alike. The course is a basic interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection of biology, physics, medicine, optics and technology with light. In addition to an overview of biophotonics, class participants do hands-on experiments, practice peer-review, interact with biophotonics scientists, and carry out projects to communicate biophotonics to others.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830Q (31 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861943
Show Author Affiliations
Marco Molinaro, Ctr. for Biophotonics Science and Technology, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
James Shackelford, Ctr. for Biophotonics Science and Technology, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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