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Agent/Individual-Based Modeling Faculty Mentoring Network 2019

We are no longer accepting applications for this opportunity. For future opportunities, please sign up for the QUBES Newsletter!

Do you teach a modeling course, and want to include agent-based models (traditionally called 'individual-based models' in ecology), but don’t have a lot of experience with them yet? Would you like an approachable way to introduce math-phobic students to real modeling in your intro or ecology course? Join the Agent/Individual-Based Modeling Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN)! This professional development opportunity will include biweekly meetings this semester to learn core ABM concepts and how to implement them in Netlogo, and then collaboratively writing, revising, peer-reviewing, and sharing your own new course modules that expose students to those core concepts.

Description: The authors of Agent-based and Individual-based Modeling: a Practical Introduction are joining forces with QUBES ( to work with faculty who are interested in learning agent-based modeling and creating modules for their classrooms.

Dates & Location: The virtual kick-off will be held in mid-Sept, 2019 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the creation and implementation of activities in your course during the Fall 2019 semester.

How to Apply: Applications are no longer being accepted for this opportunity.


Commitment and Benefits of Participation:

To qualify, participants must be willing to create and implement materials into one of their classes during the Fall 2019 semester. Participants must also be able to commit ~2-3 hours per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around agent-based modeling and the design of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work.

**Access to agent-based/individual-based modeling experts: Steve Railsback and Volker Grimm will serve as mentors. See here for more about the mentors and their book.

**Online support throughout the process of generating new materials for your course.  Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks

**Letter of recognition for your records upon completion of all network requirements


More Information and Questions:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Deb Rook, QUBES FMN Manager, at or Steve Railsbeck, author and mentor, at