Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges

Mid-Cycle Network Meeting
February 23-25, 2023
Offered by BioQUEST and Montgomery College at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MD
Travel funded by the QB@CC NSF Grant

This opportunity is no longer accepting participants, check back with QB@CC for future opportunities.

Resource Collection from the Meeting


Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges (QB@CC) is a 5-Year NSF supported project designed to bring together life sciences and mathematics faculty from community colleges to integrate more quantitative concepts and skills in life science courses and biological applications in math courses. We launched this community in February 2020 and continue to grow by recruiting faculty to develop educational materials appropriate for a wide range of quantitative biology skills from basic dilutions to working with big data.  Following an in person meeting, participants will form teams of 3-5 that include both life sciences and mathematics faculty.  Groups will work together virtually for twelve to sixteen weeks to identify and adapt existing OERs on topics in any life science course where quantitative biology could be more effectively integrated. If this sounds exciting to you, apply to join QB@CC for a semester of community-driven development of quantitative biology OERs.



Celeste Carter

NSF ATE Investments in Quantitative Biology in 2-year Institutions of Higher Education

V. Celeste Carter, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), National Science Foundation (NSF).

V. Celeste Carter received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. She completed postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Division of Biological and Health Sciences at Foothill College to develop and head both Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Programs. She served as a Program Director twice in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Carter accepted a permanent program director position in DUE in 2009; she is the Lead Program Director for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in DUE. Dr. Carter also works on other programs in DUE and serves on federal interagency working groups.

Julie Phelps

Sidra Van de Car



What comes first: mathematics or biology? Nope, they go together!

Julie Phelps, Ph.D.Sidra Van De Car, Ph.D, American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)

Julie Phelps is the Standards Committee Chair (IMPACT Team) for AMATYC and is leading the charge of creating the process for keeping the AMATYC IMPACT content alive. She is also involved with the myAMATYC.org and helping IMPACT Live! continue to focus on information that matters to our members. She currently is also involved in the Teaching for PROWESS project. The project is a joint venture with AMATYC and NSF to promote active learning and transformational change in the first two years of college mathematics. This year Julie has become a member of the College Mathematics Journal (CMJ) editorial board for the Mathematics Association of America (MAA).  Julie has been a professor of Mathematics at Valencia College since 1997.


Sidra Van De Car is a professor of mathematics at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. She holds two PhDs from the University of Central Florida, one in Mathematics and one in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology. She has been teaching on the collegiate level for twenty-four years and has research interests in learning and cognition. At Valencia, Sidra is a faculty advisor for the Women in STEM club and works in the college’s Teaching and Learning Academy helping tenure-track faculty.  She is currently PI on a 5-year, NSF grant titled “Successful Engagement: Active Learning in Mathematics”.


Participants have committed to:

  • Attending and participating in the entire in-person meeting at HHMI, February 23-25, 2023
  • Actively participating in synchronous meetings for 12-16 weeks to develop or use materials during Spring 2023 
  • Contributing to the creation/adaptation of an existing OER resulting in least one newly published OER
  • Implementing the OER adaptation in your course(s) and providing “teacher notes” about the resource
  • Participating in the evaluation of the QB@CC project by responding to surveys



Schedule from Schedule Page


Schedule for HHMI Meeting

All meals and housing will be at HHMI

Wednesday, February 22

Arrival at HHMI

6:00 - 7:00 pm - Dinner


Thursday, February 23

8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 9:45 am Welcome, Introductions, Project Overview
9:45 - 10:00 am Break
10:00 -11:00 am Plenary Speaker - Dr. Celeste Carter (ATE program officer)
"NSF ATE Investments in Quantitative Biology in 2-year Institutions of Higher Education"
11:00 - 11:30 am Tour of QB@CC site, modules and other relevant features --- D124/125
11:00 - 1:00 pm RUME Working Group --- D116
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch --- Cafeteria
1:00 - 1:45 pm Workshop - "BioMath Module" --- D124/125
1:45 - 2:30 pm Workshop - "Navigating Terminologies" --- D124/125
2:30 - 2:45 pm Break --- Hall
2:45 - 3:30 pm Workshop - “I can do it in my Math class” --- D124/125
3:30 - 4:00 pm Wrap-up Discussions
5:00 - 6:00 pm Poster Session & Social --- Hall
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner --- Cafeteria
7:00 - 8:00 pm Social and Poster Session cont'd --- Hall


Friday, February 24

8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast --- Cafeteria
9:00 - 9:15 am Overview of the day, Support Systems
9:15 - 10:15 am Plenary Speaker - Julie Phelps & Sidra Van De Car, Valencia College/AMATYC --- D124/125
"What comes first: mathematics or biology? Nope, they go together!"
10:15 - 10:30 am Break --- Hall
10:30 -11:30 am Round Table with Returning Participants --- D124/125
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch --- Cafeteria
12:30 - 1:45 pm Workshop - "BioMath Module: Faculty Perspective" --- D124/125
1:45 - 2:00 pm Break  --- Hall
2:00 - 2:30 pm Breaking Down the Incubator & FMN Timelines --- D124/125
2:30 - 3:00 pm Workshop - "How do I do this (and what if it doesn’t go well)?!" --- D124/125
3:00 - 5:00 pm Establishing Incubators  --- D113, then any HHMI space for group work
5:00 - 5:15 pm Wrap Up Questions --- D124/125
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner --- Cafeteria
    7:00 pm Informal Social Time --- The Pilot


Saturday, February 25

8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast --- Cafeteria
9:00 - 9:15 am Overview of the day --- D124/125
9:15 - 11:30 am Incubator Work --- D113/D115/D116
11:30 am Quick Incubator Debrief --- D124/125
12:00 pm Lunch (for those still onsite) --- Cafeteria

Departure from HHMI