Biology Scholars Program at ASM
|“I found this institute to be an invaluable experience at this point in my professional development. I walked away with a clear idea of where I needed to go next in my research.” – 2005-2006 Scholar|
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
Stephanie Gardner, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Nitya Jacob, Oxford College/Emory University, Oxford, GA
Cynthia Miller, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Miriam Segura-Totten, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
The Research Residency is the flagship course of the Biology Scholars Program and has nine years of experience training Scholars in education research. This Residency seeks biologists who have been trained in effective teaching strategies for biology education and are curious about student learning. Competitive applicants are individuals who are asking questions about the effectiveness of their teaching approaches.
The Research Residency is a yearlong commitment comprised of several key training components including two face-to-face meetings, online “homework” assignments and specialized peer mentoring.
The goals of the Research Residency are to:
• Conduct evidence-based research on issues associated with student learning in biology
• Identify the role of collaborators from the social, psychological, and statistical sciences, education, and anthropology
• Make research results public through presentations and publications
• Create a community of practitioners that inquire about teaching and learning
The first face-to-face meeting of Research Scholars is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute, a four-day training session held in the summer at the headquarters of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, DC. The institute has its own unique set of goals:
• Develop a research question that explores a specific aspect of student learning
• Formulate a research question to be answered
• Develop an understanding of the IRB requirements for conducting research involving students
• Identify prior work in the field of education research to support research study
• Design a classroom-based research study
• Distinguish different methods of collecting and interpreting data to measure student learning
• Foster networks to sustain improvements in teaching and learning
The Institute organizers have compiled a collection of articles and resources for Research Scholars, which will be used during the Institute and in follow-up assignments. Consider reviewing this research and progress made in the field of scholarship and teaching before applying.