saber logo


The Cutting Edge of Undergraduate Biology Education Research.
Generating the evidence for Evidence-Based Teaching.


Mission statement

SABER is a scientific community whose members develop theory and generate evidence with the goal of improving post-secondary biology education. SABER fosters Biology Education Research (BER) and its dissemination.


SABER has the following goals:

  • Promoting the generation of evidence-based knowledge to inform and advance post-secondary teaching and learning in biology;
  • Facilitating the dissemination of BER findings to education researchers, classroom practitioners, and other stakeholders;
  • Supporting faculty as they implement evidence-based methodology in their post-secondary teaching; 
  • Fostering the development of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and emerging scholars as they pursue professional development and career opportunities in BER;
  • Increasing BER efforts in currently understudied and underserved teaching and learning contexts;
  • Striving for an inclusive BER community that reflects a diversity of post-secondary educators and emerging scholars;
  • Establishing standards of BER practice and evidence;
  • Fostering collaborations among BER investigators and other stakeholders;
  • Valuing a diversity of knowledge-generation methodologies across a wide spectrum of BER research;
  • Fostering a sense of collegiality and camaraderie among members.


SABER leadership

SABER has been led by Dr. Mary Pat Wenderoth for the last 8 years. After the 2017 annual conference, Mary Pat convened a Steering Committee, comprised of 8 SABER members, to develop formal bylaws and policies, to organize and run an election for a leadership team, and to lay the groundwork for committees and other structures to support the mission of SABER. You can read the by-laws here.


SABER Logo competition

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research is holding a logo design competition. Logos are important because they help to identify and distinguish an organization. Effective logos are recognizable, simple, memorable, timeless, and versatile. Read more here about principles for good logo design.

The winning logo will be used for a new SABER website, announcements, publications, luggage tags, and other branding for our society. The designer will be acknowledged with a small, one-time monetary award and their contribution to our society will be highlighted on the new SABER website. The judging panel will be the current Steering Committee, and the winning logo will be announced no later than November 15, 2018.