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Dr. Turlo is super nice, and she provides a lot of assistance with the assignments if you ask her beforehand. She is also a huge nerd and loves what she teaches. The class itself is also really fun because you get to cover a particular subject in great depth. It forces you to read through lots of scientific literature in great depth. None of my previous classes required that from me, so I'm happy to have had the chance to develop that skill. Since the class is small, I also recommend getting to know a couple of your peers. Friendship is magic.
Turlo is an amazing professor. She's incredibly supportive and encouraging for people to participate and express their thoughts and views. She does call people out by name to answer questions, but you get used to it. Overall, this class is great if you want to think more critically about research literature. The midterm/final is writing a research proposal, and Turlo does a great job of guiding you through it. Highly recommend!
Dr. Turlo grew on me so much midway through the quarter.
At first, it was hard to reconcile how she's a stickler for certain things (which she herself admits), such as attendance and formatting on assignments. But this does come from her wanting us to be able to gain the most out of the class - and the formatting comes from how it needs to be precise when you write grants, so she's just modeling that experience. So, I think she's a little bit hard to relate to at first, but truly, she's just a woman who loves science and she is incredibly willing to help and give encouragement. Office hours are very helpful in doing well in the class. Also, just know that Dr. Turlo is far more accommodating than you might expect based off first impression - she was willing to work with me individually to help me succeed when I was going through some mental health challenges and extreme burnout.
Be aware that she grades harshly on the first assignment (out of 5 points, with a lot of people getting 2's), as a motivator for the rest of the course. But in the end she's not trying to hurt anyone and gives opportunities to make up points and to grow from the experience. She will probably say herself later on in the quarter that after the first assignment, most people get 100% (or near 100%) on the other assignments.
With the proposal in the latter half of the course, it's time-consuming, but I appreciated that she let us branch out from the seminar talk into areas that were more interesting to us. Honestly, this was the experience I was waiting for after 5HA. To write a proposal, because this assignment totally kicked my ass but suddenly within a week, I'd been forced to learn how to truly read scientific literature in large volumes like never before. It was a truly helpful experience and I gained so much from it.
It's also very nice of Dr. Turlo to let us submit the final multiple times until we get full credit. I only submitted once, but I still did well because of how much time I had spent with her in office hours/appointments to get on the right track.
Discussions were less helpful and I unfortunately got a group that just was not very engaged/talkative. Like, no shade against any individuals since I had no issue with anyone in the class, but the discussion project we had was mainly a waste of time and the group work for that was so frustrating.
Symposium was more fun albeit stressful near the end of the quarter and also gave us an opportunity to practice oral presentation skills. Just try your best and it will be entirely fine :).
I took this class based on the reviews that are on here and while I received an A, I just wanted to warn whoever is thinking of taking this class.
First of all, Turlo is incredibly kind, and super passionate on the topic. She gives off the energy of someone who reads research articles for fun and in general she wants other people to be just as excited.
However, this class is so.... like I was taking four classes at the time, one of them being a writing class, and yet this was the one that I felt like took the most work. I don't remember everything 100%, but there were quizzes (short, but) they were right after every lecture and were incredibly specific. I feel as though for people who are very interested in STEM, this is a fascinating class to take, but as someone who was taking this course as a GE, the amount of effort I had to put in was honestly insane. There were problem sets, two in all, that took really long to complete, and the midterm and final... girl our final was to "make our own vaccine." Essentially you had to read a lot of research articles and synthesize ways to improve it and I had to work on that all through Thanksgiving break. I think that these assignments are really good ways to have students apply knowledge and all, but the standards are incredibly high and it just feels very very high effort for again, something that is supposed to be a GE (general education) class. We're supposed to gain broad knowledge but it almost feel like I was expected to become an expert overnight. I wish that this class was slightly easier and not as overly science heavy (I know how that sounds... I'm interested in science somewhat but not like this... not like this).
Tldr do not take this class unless you're suuuuuuuper interested in research and STEM. It is NOT an easy class and you'll have to really put in a lot of time and effort. It was not worth it imo
Lectures were a mix between actual lectures and the occasional guest speaker. The first half of the course was dedicated to diversity/inequity in STEM, and the second half was dedicated to actual science (which I personally found more interesting), like focusing on a genetic disease and COVID vaccines.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid GE. The homework/problem sets/midterm/final were actually essays, which I found kind of annoying, but they weren't that bad. There's weekly quizzes after every lecture, which is kind of a lot, and it's easy to miss one if you don't keep track of when they're due. I didn't find the required discussions that helpful.
I liked Dr. Turlo, and I would recommend this class to anyone who wants an easier science-based GE or to learn more about biomedical research. She was very accommodating throughout the quarter with providing past recorded lectures and helping the class out with assignment resubmissions/quiz re-dos, if the class did especially poorly on a quiz. In turn, we did have a few occasions where the class was unfortunately canceled or changed at the last minute because of COVID/health related reasons, but I didn't find it to be a big deal.
Dr. Turlo is the sweetest lady ever and you will definitely do well if you put in the effort. She is absolutely passionate about research and making sure you understand the material. However, her lectures are a bit disorganized and if you don't have any kind of research background, a lot of what is said will pass straight through your ears. If you are bold enough, ask questions during lecture because that will probably facilitate your understanding (I say probably because I never did). For me, I learned more from talking to peers and doing my own reading and analysis than trying to soak in what was said. If you are confused at all, I highly highly recommend going to her office hours. This is especially critical when you do your midterm proposal and group symposium project. Work on your assignments and go to her office hours EARLY to get her feedback on your ideas! With that, good luck.
Profesor Turlo is awesome and probably one of the best professors I’ve had at UCLA. She’s really invested in her students’ success and will definitely help you with whatever you need in the class (including answering emails at 4am lol). The class itself is super interesting and really allows you to go in depth to a specific field of research, and for me it even inspired me to pursue the field of research I’m in now. The main project in the class is a research grant proposal and allows for a lot of creative freedom. Overall, it’s a great class, and I would definitely recommend Turlo as a professor.
This class was very enlightening for me, it covered issues of inequities in STEM and the basics of research. The class itself was pretty dense workload-wise. There was a quiz every lecture, but the professor said she might change it to once a week in the future, and there were assignments called problem sets. In terms of quizzes, they are multiple choice and sometimes are worded pretty vaguely and it can be difficult to know what Dr. Turlo is asking, but for the questions that affect the majority of the class, she usually takes them off/gives everyone the points for it. In terms of the problem sets, they are written assignments. Depending on the TA, the problem sets may be graded very rigorously. The problem sets themselves took the place of midterms and the Final was pretty similarly structured to those problem sets. I would recommend taking advantage of the office hours, Dr. Turlo and the TAs will clarify what they are looking for in the problem sets if you ask. I would also recommend having a basic understanding of biology, as learning key biological concepts all at once can be a bit jarring, but the TAs try to fill the students in on the bio context during discussion. I would not consider this class to be an easy A, but if you're interested in the topics I would highly recommend, this class was very enlightening regarding research and diversity in STEM.
Figure Analyses (2) 10
Speaker Worksheet 5
Laboratory Safety Cert 5
Laboratories of interest 5
Post-Panel/Speaker Reflection (7): 35
Pre-Conversation questions (7): 14
Attendance/Participation (12): 36
This class is really just to understand what research is, how to do it, etc. Professor Turlo does a great job explaining concepts and is very engaging. You get to speak with lots of different researchers at UCLA. I was able to get multiple research position offers from this class.
The class was super easy to pass-- not even a concern.