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Applications for this opportunity have closed.

Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE), in partnership with iDigBio (via the Education and Outreach Working Group), and Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES),  is pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity for teaching faculty interested in incorporating real natural history collections data into their lessons and data literacy skills into their curricula. Anticipated involvement runs from August through the fall semester of 2019. 

We are looking for engaged and enthusiastic faculty and instructors of undergraduate biology that want to bring real collections-based data into their classrooms. We are especially keen to introduce new people to the biodiversity collections community, so if you are not yet familiar with natural history collections, and their associated data, we welcome your interest and potential participation.

During this Faculty Mentoring Network, participants will be introduced to new materials and modules that address fundamental biological principles using real data. Existing modules have been developed by members of BLUE, AIM-UP!, and iDigBio. Participants are encouraged to do what works best in their course, including using existing BLUE modules, modifying existing BLUE modules, or developing new materials to be implemented in a course in the fall of 2019. Through bi-weekly meetings, informational webinars, and on-line mentoring and support, the FMN will assist with module development, implementations, and evaluation. Participants will be asked to post their modified or new materials as Open Education Resources (OER) where they will be reviewed for inclusion in the BLUE catalogue of educational materials. Participants implementing modules, participating in the BLUE Network, and posting resultant materials will be designated as BLUE Scholars and receive $500 towards conference attendance where they introduce materials to peers in their respective disciplines. 

Benefits to Participation

  1. Develop, implement, and assess effective materials and innovative pedagogical practices for teaching with collections data and incorporating data literacy skills into the classroom.
  2. Build collaborations with experts in biodiversity collections data, science education, and data literacy skills.
  3. Work as a community of practice with diverse colleagues through a semester long collaboration in a FMN.
  4. Become a BLUE Scholar and receive $500 in support towards conference attendance where BLUE modules are introduced to peers in your respective discipline.

All teaching faculty and instructors are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants should be in the position to implement a collections based module in the lecture or laboratory of an undergraduate course. The course can be in any discipline. Faculty from community colleges, two-year institutions, and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications have closed.

Questions? Contact Anna Monfils ( or Molly Phillips (

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under DBI 1730526. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.