SABER 2021 Annual Meeting

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Date: Fridays July 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2021
Location: Virtual


The SABER 2021 Annual Meeting will include long talks, short talks, roundtables, posters, and workshops, as in prior years. 

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Opening keynote: July 9  

Closing the Metacognitive Equity Gap: Research Shows Us How

Dr. Saundra McGuire, Professor (Emerita) of Chemistry and Director (Emerita) of the Center for Academic Success, Louisiana State University, and author of the best-selling books Teach Students How to Learn and Teach Yourself How to Learn

Dr. McGuire will share research-based learning strategies that have proven effective for increasing STEM student success. She will also discuss research on promoting student learning through metacognitive approaches, with a particular lens on improving equity in the classroom. Her work blends cognitive science and learning theory, and these evidence-based approaches will be broadly applicable to all STEM instructors.

Closing keynote: July 30

Dr. Niral Shah, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development, University of Washington

Dr. Shah will discuss his research on race and racism in STEM education, and how instructors can incorporate anti-racist practices in the classroom to improve student outcomes. His work investigates what shapes student identities and participation in the classroom, particularly in mathematics and computer science education.


SABER seeks to improve post-secondary biology education by supporting research and theory development. Its stated goals include promoting research in post-secondary teaching and learning in biology, facilitating the dissemination of research to improve practice, supporting students and scholars at all levels, and building an inclusive and collegial community of biology educators (