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Plants by the Numbers II:

Growing Quantitative Literacy Using Botany

A BSA/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network opportunity!

We are no longer accepting applications for this FMN. If you would like to stay informed of upcoming FMN opportunities, please sign up for the QUBES Newsletter!

Are you interested in adopting plant-focused modules that address quantitative reasoning skills?
Participants in this FMN will focus on how to use data-driven modules in undergraduate life science courses. Accepted applicants will customize and implement newly designed educational modules from a wide range of botanical topics. While doing this, they will participate in biweekly virtual sessions to collaborate with and support others in the network and receive mentoring.


The Botanical Society of America (BSA; is joining forces with QUBES ( to work with faculty who are interested in adapting and implementing selected plant curriculum modules from a wide range of topics. Participating educators are encouraged to mix and match parts of modules and customize them for use in their classrooms. 

Dates & Location
The virtual kick-off will be held in late September. The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Fall 2018 semester.
Commitment and Benefits of Participation:
To qualify, participants must be willing to incorporate the selected materials into at least two class periods (or equivalent) in their teaching during the Fall 2018 semester. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules.
**Access to teaching modules- participants will incorporate at least two of the selected materials in Fall 2018 classes (selected modules can be found here)
**Online support throughout the process of implementing new materials in your course.  Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks
**Recognition as a 2018 BSA Education Scholar upon completion of all network requirements

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Deb Rook at or Phil Gibson at

For more information, a webinar was run last year, and you can view the recording here. You can also look at the slides from the previous semester's presentation by downloading the pdf version here.