Red-Tailed Hawk & Undergraduate Research

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Red-Tailed Hawk & Undergraduate Research


March 16, 2022

Episode #188:

Prof. James Hewlett of Finger Lakes Community College.


James Hewlett is a Professor at Finger Lakes Community College in New York.

One day, 17 years ago, a colleague stopped him in the hallway to ask him a question.

“If I give you a blood sample of a Red-Tailed Hawk, can you determine the sex of the bird?”, he asked.

Prof. Hewlett ran a Biotech lab. 

He thought he could grab a couple of students, and work on it outside of class. So he told his colleague he would take a look and see if it was possible.

He started to work on the project with two students.

Prof. Hewlett saw the kind of learning experience the students on the project were gaining.

He felt all other students should get this experience too. It just had to happen.

It did. 

The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) was born. 

Oh yes, Prof Hewlett and his two students did develop a gene test to determine the sex of the Red-Tailed Hawk, using a blood sample.

It’s quite a tale.

Red-tailed Hawk gave flight to UG Research in Community Colleges.

In the Podcast with Prof. Hewlett, we discuss the following with him: 

  • What is CCURI?
  • Structure and Organization of CCURI
  • Helping College Partners
  • Community Colleges’ and Students’ Successes
  • Advice for Community College Students

If you are college-bound, this Podcast is a must listen to be inspired and motivated about your own future.

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