RCN-UBE Community Space

Participants in the 2023 RCN-UBE Summit.

Welcome to the RCN-UBE community space!

We look forward to engaging with you as collaborators, future RCN-UBE participants, and fellow STEM-education reformers. If you are part of an RCN-UBE please share your introduction here. Review the RCN-Introductions to learn more about our projects and how you can work with us.  

Please join this group to learn more about Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE). This community includes representatives of NSF funded projects, those who are interested in learning more about how to connect with an RCNs, or develop their own RCN proposal. This group launched as part of the June 2023 RCN-UBE Summit, but will continue to be a community of people interested in the RCN-UBE communities. 

Check out the list of RCN-UBE projects.


Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)

Supports networks of scientists focused on integrating biological research discoveries with innovations in education to improve learning experiences for undergraduates.

The goal of the RCN-UBE program is to link biological research discoveries with innovations in biology education to improve the learning environment in undergraduate biology classrooms. The program seeks to improve undergraduate education by leveraging the power of a collaborative network recognizing that new educational materials and pedagogies can simultaneously teach biological concepts while creating a supportive and engaging learning environment for all. The RCN-UBE program supports groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and education. The theme or focus of an RCN-UBE proposal can be on any topic likely to advance this goal, and activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries are encouraged. Acknowledging that students’ educational pathways vary, networks that include under-resourced institutions as full, equitable partners are highly desired. Understanding that people from diverse backgrounds bring different experiences and viewpoints, the RCN-UBE program is interested in proposals that include individuals from traditionally underrepresented in biological research and education as members of the steering committee. Lastly, the RCN-UBE program is also interested in developing, testing, and sharing best practices that can transform the online learning environment. 

Currently Open Call- Deadline January, 2024