BioQUEST Summer Workshop
For over 35 years, the BioQUEST community has been coming together each summer to develop new curricular materials and discuss contemporary issues in undergraduate biology education. Providing an opportunity to meet like-minded faculty, share ideas and resources, learn more about good pedagogical approaches, and catch some cutting edge science, the Summer Workshop is a unique experience most commonly described by participants as "exhausting but invigorating!"
The workshop launches with a series of hands on sessions about resources, tools, and pedagogical methods. Throughout the week, speakers share exciting ideas and information, and participants have time to work with colleagues to develop their own materials. Time is also dedicated to sharing ideas with the larger group to get feedback and new insights. Workshop activities run from 8:30 am to late in the evening. Participants leave with new resources, tools and new collegial connections. The conversation now starts online prior to the workshop, and groups are encourage to continue to work together after the workshop. Several major BioQUEST projects emerged from work initiated at the Summer Workshop.
The Summer Workshop is generally appropriate for two-year and four-year faculty teaching all levels of undergraduate biology, quantitative biology, and life-science oriented mathematics. We also welcome high school faculty teaching AP or advanced biology as well as future faculty (graduate students and postdocs). Those in related disciplines are also encouraged to join us, often based on the theme for that year's meeting.
Based at Beloit College for many years, more recently the Summer Workshop has been held at other academic institutions across the country.