Some great news comes with the first day of class at Southeast Missouri State University, In the form of a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
Biology professor Margaret Waterman lead the team that secured the funds.
The money will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of so-called case-based learning.
Case-based learning relates to students every day experiences, such as determining someone's carbon footprint.
And Waterman says that form of teaching is vital to helping students learn the material.
"Research really backs context based teaching," Waterman said. "You can teach by using examples, but if student have to work through a problem they can relate to, retention is six times higher."
This grant comes on the heels of another $2 million grant to renovate science labs and invest in faculty development and technology.
The renovations will take place in labs and classrooms in Magill Hall.