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Research Institute: Discipline-Based Education Research

» Application Deadline: February 1, 2016
» Research Institute: July 19-21, 2016 | North Bethesda, MD


“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


2015 Research Institute Steering Committee

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 Institute is the flagship course of the Biology Scholars Program and has nine years of experience training Scholars in education research. This Institute 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 Institute is comprised of key training components including several online pre-assignments, a three-day face-to-face meeting, specialized peer mentoring, and post-institute follow-up.


Institute Goals

The overall goals of the Research Institute 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 face-to-face meeting of Research Scholars is the Discipline-Based Education Research Institute, a three-day training session held in the summer just before the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE; located at the same hotel).  The face-to-face meeting 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.


Want to learn more? Review the Research Institute Syllabus and Application Requirements today!

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