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When leadership meets science

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Science  22 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6297, pp. 360-361
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6297.360-f

Today's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates will be tomorrow's leaders. Reed et al. have designed an integrated leadership curriculum aimed at increasing student awareness and understanding of what it takes to become a future STEM leader. The curriculum, which is now integrated into biology and chemistry courses at all levels, focuses on several areas where leadership skills and science competencies overlap, including problem-solving, interpersonal communication, and collaborative work. By allowing students multiple opportunities to practice these corresponding skills, the curriculum serves as a metacognitive approach for students to develop their abilities and commitment to leading others. The curriculum is broadly applicable to many different institutions and has the added benefit of encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration for faculty.

J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 45, 51 (2016).

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