Program to improve undergraduate biology education
PULLMAN, Wash. - Julie Stanton, School of Molecular Bioscience, is 1 of 20 exemplary biologists chosen to participate in the Research Residency of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Biology Scholars Program funded by National Science Foundation.
The program seeks to improve undergraduate biology education based on evidence of student learning. The program has brought together more than 120 Scholars to create and disseminate examples of scholarship in teaching in biology; these examples have been made possible through the programís three independent, but intertwined, virtual residency programs: the Assessment, Research and Transitions Residencies.
The yearlong Research Residency seeks biologists who have been trained in effective teaching strategies and are curious about how students learn. The purpose of the Research Residency is to help biologists understand evidence-based research in biology education learning; develop skills to create, design and implement an experiment to assess student learning; and sustain a community of practice available for consultation and support. Scholars attend a week-long workshop in Washington, DC and then return to their home institutions to apply their new skills, collecting instructional data.