Ann Burgess on What Life Lessons Did You Learn at Harvard University?
  Ann Burgess     Biography    
Recorded: 29 Apr 2005

I always felt very strongly in teaching Biocore. So most of my career has been involved with this undergraduate honors program, Biology Core Curriculm, a four-semester honors program.

I’ve always had a very strong feeling that you should expect a lot of students and have very high standards.

Sometimes the students don’t appreciate that, especially honor students who have been able to get by without a whole lot of work up to then because some of the students who are very, very smart got very far with very good grades with not a lot of work and not a lot of struggle. When they got into our program all of a sudden they were struggling and they didn’t like it so much, some of them. After they’ve been through it, they all appreciated it and were proud of what they’ve accomplished. Until you asked me that question I don’t think I knew maybe where I got that strong feeling that you had to have very high expectations.

Ann Burgess is the Director Emeritus of the Biology Core Curriculum. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from UW-Madison and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 2002.

Biology Core Curriculum is four semester intercollege honors program that provides a broad and integrated background for students interested in any field of biological science. She is interested in undergraduate science education with a particular accent on laboratory and filed experiences that absorb students in process of science.

Ann Burgess is running in several UW-Madison and national efforts to advance science education, including the BioQUEST Consortium and the National Institute of Science Education's College Level One team.