The Funding Subcommittee is dedicated to developing resources to support the DBER Scholars-in-Training (DBER-SiT) community financially.

Toward this end, this subcommittee will:

  • Represent DBER-SiT on the SABER travel scholarship review board
    • Contribute to the rubric for application evaluation
  • Compile a list of external resources and deadlines for research funding


Here are the current Funding Subcommittee members:

Amy Kulesza

Amy grew up near Annapolis, Maryland, and earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of Maryland. After working with various institutions as a Research Technician in Aquatic Ecology, she earned her M.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University, studying the impact of invasive plant species on macroinvertebrate communities of Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve. Amy has worked for the past 11 years in the Center for Life Sciences Education at OSU as a Course Coordinator for Majors Biology classes, and recently became the Biology Research Specialist in the Center. She earned her PhD in Quantitative, Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from OSU's College of Education, and recently defended her dissertation. She is interested in applying strong quantitative research methodology to biology education research questions, particularly in program evaluation. Amy loves mountain biking, hiking with her dog, and going on adventures with her husband. 


Jessica Joyner

Jessica is a postdoctoral researcher at City University of New York. She earned her doctorate degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and a Biology bachelor's degree from the Florida State University. Through integrating public health and environmental health, Jessica navigates the process of communicating science to diverse audiences. She manages the Authentic Research Experience in Microbiology program, encouraging students to broaden their perspective of their urban environment to include microbiota. Her pedagogical research is focused on the impact of course-based research experiences on student attitudes toward science. In hopes to address perceived barriers for course-based research, she is now developing open educational resources for faculty and students about how to plan, execute, analyze, and interpret microbiome research. She is also involved in community outreach through beach clean-ups, community science events with World Science Festival, and volunteering with her church's pre-K Sunday School. To balance the city life, Jessica loves being outdoors, even learned how to snowboard to embrace the winter weather, and traveling abroad with her husband.