Apply by December 1, 2018 at: https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/biomaapfmn2019/application
Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education Synthesis (QUBES) and Biology students Math Attitudes and Anxiety Program (BIOMAAP) are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from January– June 2019 for faculty interested in alleviating math anxiety in undergraduate biology students. Quantitative skills are essential for student success in biology, and math attitudes and anxiety can have strong effects on both persistence and performance. This mentoring network will familiarize faculty with background on how math attitudes can impact Biology students, and help participants explore a range of tools to address math attitudes and anxiety in their Biology courses. QUBES (https://qubeshub.org) is an NSF-funded virtual center that supports collaboration to promote quantitative biology education at the undergraduate level.
Benefits of Participation
If you are selected, you will receive:
- Access to strategies to affect math attitudes and anxiety across general themes such as metacognition, growth mindset, learning progressions, model thinking, and data visualization, as well as specific ready-to-use teaching materials in each of these areas. Participants will choose a focal BIOMAAP module, and work to modify, develop, and implement the materials in their own courses in Spring 2019. See this link for sample materials.
- Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings throughout implementation of during the spring semester
- Some financial support is available for travel to the Life Discovery Biology Education meeting on March 21-23 2019 in Gainesville, FL, or as a stipend for those participating in BIOMAAP assessment.
- Opportunity to publish new materials adaptations on qubeshub.org
To qualify for this network, participants must commit to:
- Teaching an undergraduate biology course in Spring 2019, OR teaching a mathematics course to primarily Life Science majors
- Incorporating at least three short math anxiety/attitude interventions in their spring course
- Attending monthly 30-min online meetings in the spring semester
- Sharing materials and giving feedback to others within our FMN community
- Distributing short online pre/post surveys of the materials to your courses to help assess the program
- Working with the FMN organizers to coordinate IRB approval for data collection at your institution (organizers have IRB approval for the overall project and will provide you with the materials needed)
- Sharing your final materials and/or adaptations as resources on qubeshub.org
- Attendance at the Life Discovery meeting is encouraged but not required for participation
Visit qubeshub.org/groups/biomaapfmn2019 for more information.
Apply by December 1, 2018! You can follow this link to view the application form. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 10, 2018. Questions? Contact Arietta Fleming-Davies at aflemingdavies “at” sandiego “dot” edu