ST. LEO – Cheryl Kozina, PhD, a member of the biology faculty at Saint Leo University, was awarded a travel stipend to present research during the recent American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting in Chicago.
On April 23, she presented an academic poster detailing a new teaching exercise involving biology undergraduate students at the private, nonprofit university earlier this academic year.
Kozina tracked students who were participating in a biology laboratory course tied to an interdisciplinary mock crime and trial at University Campus in fall 2016. She compared the learning results for these students with those of undergrads in a parallel lab course not tied to the mock crime and trial. Students participating in the trial-related lab course reported the format was helpful in understanding certain difficult concepts in the course. They also achieved higher grades than their counterparts not involved with the mock trial-lab course.
Biology is one of the most popular degree programs at Saint Leo University. It is offered through the School of Arts and Sciences at University Campus.
Kozina earned her doctorate in genetics and molecular biology at Emory University. She joined the faculty of Saint Leo University at the start of the 2013 – 2014 academic year.
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever our students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.
We remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 15,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 82,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.