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Welcome to the Biology Scholars Program

The mission of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) is to empower biologists to be leaders in science education reform and catalyze professional societies to sustain undergraduate education reform.Bitcoin wallet online The Program, funded in part by the National Science Foundation and sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), is one model for transforming undergraduate biology education as set forth in the AAAS publication, Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action.

In the last nine years, the Program has prepared over 260 Biology Scholars to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and lead the life science professional societies in new ways of practicing undergraduate teaching and mentoring in the discipline. This growing Biology Scholar Alumni community includes national and international biology educators from community colleges, undergraduate institutions, and doctoral-granting universities, who are typically involved in one or more disciplinary societies. Read more about these Scholars and learn how the Biology Scholars Program has helped educators answer the AAAS call to action!

We have three yearlong residencies available: Assessment, Research, and Transitions. Please visit the Residency Programs tab above for more information and to learn how to apply.

“Participating in the Scholars program has been the single most best and most influential decision that I have made in my teaching career. […] There is no value that you can place on knowing other like-minded individuals who are caring, sharing, and willing to help each other to succeed.”   – 2009 Research & 2011 Transitions Scholar


New Video Featuring Scholars!

Interested in what our Scholars do AFTER their residency experience? Click the image below to watch three Biology Scholar Alumni – Marcy Kelly of Pace University, Cynthia Miller of University of Louisville, and John Geiser of Western Michigan University – discuss their writing process, the challenges they face during that writing process, and the support they seek throughout their publishing journey. This video is sponsored by the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education and is part of an ongoing series: “JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester.”


Scholar Interviews

Want to hear what other Alumni have to say about their journey as a Scholar? Visit the gallery below to read Scholar Interviews and the advice Alumni have for prospective applicants.


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