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Professional Development in BiologyLetina Banks

Professional Development in Biology

Strategies for Success (Second Edition)
By Letina Banks

Perforated Paperback ISBN: 978-1-5165-1119-8, 158 pages


Those entering a university often find themselves unprepared and lacking in the skills necessary to do well in this new environment. This book helps students to bridge the gap between their past learning experiences and the new expectations they face as college students. Professional Development in Biology: Strategies for Success gives students the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond when preparing for health care industry careers.

The first chapter of the book addresses the transition from high school to college. The next five chapters that follow cover areas such as being responsible for your actions, self-knowledge and awareness, setting goals, the importance of passion, and time management. The last two chapters of the book provide valuable information for students who are preparing for further study. Post-college goals, management of personal finances, and communication style are addressed, with special focus on what is needed to become a competitive applicant to professional schools. The student wisdom section offers advice and motivational tips from peers, and information is provided about applying to professional schools and ways to track professional development.

The material in Professional Development in Biology is a useful, effective tool for new students. The book is geared to freshmen and transfer students, but can also be used by those preparing for advanced study in medical, dental, or pharmacological programs.

Letina Banks has a master’s degree in science education from Nova Southeastern University. She is a professor and pre-health professional advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida A&M University, where she teaches courses in biology and professional development. She has worked in education for more than twenty-five years, and has specialized in pre-health professional advising for the last ten. She is a member of both the Southern Association of Advisors and the National Association of Advisors and has served as the advisor to the Biology Student Organization and the Undergraduate Student National Dental Association. In 2009, Professor Banks received the Advisor of the Year Award.

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