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Faculty earns research residency
Program to improve undergraduate biology education
Monday, Apr. 9, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Julie Stanton, clinical assistant professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, is one of 20 exemplary biologists chosen to participate in the research residency of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Biology Scholars Program funded by the 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.
Scholars attend a week-long workshop in Washington, D.C. and then return to their home institutions to apply their new skills, collecting instructional data.
The purpose of the 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.