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Making the Case

Using Case Studies to Increase Quantitative Biology Skills



Are you interested in adopting case studies that address quantitative reasoning skills? Apply now to join us for the Spring 2019 Make the Case: Using Case Studies to Increase Quantitative Biology Skills QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN).

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 biological topics. While doing this, they will participate in biweekly virtual sessions to collaborate with and support others in the network and receive mentoring. Space is limited, and the network is launching soon, so apply now!



Biology is undergoing a data revolution. Advances in field, laboratory, and computer technology have made an unprecedented array of data available for biologists. This is particularly true in the field of ecology. Students will need to develop not only the basic mathematical skills but also learn how to how to include and apply data analysis, collection, and presentation into their research design. This Faculty Mentoring Network will use case studies available from the national Center for Case Study Teaching In Science as a platform for introducing these important data literacy skills into biology classrooms. 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 mid-January 2019 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2019 semester.

How to Apply:

Applications for this opportunity have been closed.


To qualify, participants must be willing to incorporate the selected materials into at least two class periods (or equivalent) in their teaching during the Spring 2019 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.

Benefits of Participation:

  • Access to teaching modules- participants will incorporate at least two of the selected materials in Spring 2019 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
  • A certificate/letter upon completion of all network requirements


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


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