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Early bird deadline: April 12, 2021
Final deadline: May 3, 2021

Cost of the Institute and Payment

Registration for the full BIOME Institute program includes the Summer Session (3 weeks) and Fall Working Groups (11 weeks).  Registration covers the costs of the technical staff, facilitators, and speakers involved in making the community successful as well as technical services supporting access to the materials. This year, substantial participant support will be made available to all accepted participants through QUBES. We are also offering an early-bird discount for applications submitted before April 12, 2021.

Registration with QUBES Support

Early Bird Registration with QUBES Support: $150
Regular Registration with QUBES Support: $250

Full Registration

Full Early Bird Registration: $800
Full Regular Registration: $900

We do not want the cost of the BIOME Institute to be a barrier to anyone's participation. If the registration fee after the QUBES scholarship poses a barrier for you, please contact Sarah Prescott (Sarah "dot" Prescott "at" bioquest "dot" org).

Application Questions

We request basic contact information about the applicant and the applicant's institution.  We encourage teams from single institutions or partner institutions to apply.  If you are applying as part of a team, please provide the names of the other team members. In addition to basic contact and background information, applicants are asked to provide short answers to questions on building scientific worldviews. All application questions are listed below:

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General Information

  1. Name
  2. Email
  3. Institution or Organizational affiliation
  4. Department
  5. Disciplinary area(s) of focus
  6. Position / Title
  7. Institution type
  8. Years of teaching experience
  9. Have you participated in QUBES or BioQUEST professional development events previously?
  10. Team member info, if applicable
  11. How did you learn about the BIOME Institute?

Building Scientific Worldviews

How do we help all students feel that they have a place in the scientific endeavor? At the 2021 BIOME Institute, we will explore two ways to accomplish this: through using inclusive teaching pedagogies to build a more diverse scientific community, and through promoting pedagogical practices designed to support development of a holistic scientific worldview. Increasing the diversity of participants in the scientific endeavor can enhance and broaden our scientific worldview, generating new ideas, approaches and solutions to scientific questions. To achieve a scientific worldview, we want to engage students in interdisciplinary science that reflects the reality of modern scientific practice, and students with a scientific worldview should also feel empowered to communicate about science both within and beyond the classroom. The following prompts focus on workshop themes that contribute to an inclusive learning environment and scientific worldviews.  

Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive teaching practices include a wide range of ideas, including using open education resources and practices, promoting a sense of belonging, and using Universal Design for Learning practices, all of which make the classroom more welcoming and productive for all students. Awareness of the need for inclusive teaching practices has grown during the pandemic. Many of us have been learning more about these practices by reading books, attending webinars, or engaging in community discussions, and some of us have been able to try out these practices in our teaching.

  • How might inclusive teaching practices make your classroom more welcoming to all students?

Interdisciplinarity

A complete scientific worldview relies upon interdisciplinary scientific practices. For example, in addition to the clear connections with chemistry and physics, biology has become increasingly quantitative and data intensive, making statistics, programming, and data science an integral part of biology practice.

  • Where do you currently, or where do you see possibilities for, engaging students in interdisciplinary practices in your classroom?

Scientific Communication

Communication is among the 21st Century skills our students will need to succeed in their careers. The importance of communicating scientific information within and beyond the classroom has only been heightened by the pandemic. Students can practice communicating scientific ideas with their peers through poster sessions, presentations and other means, which reinforces content knowledge while developing communication skills. These skills can also be applied to communicating outside the classroom (i.e. public presentations, outreach, social media, crowdsourcing).

  • Where do you currently, or where do you see possibilities for, engaging students in science communication beyond the classroom?

QUBES Participant Support

  • Opt out of QUBES participant support funds?
    • We are fortunate to have NSF participant support funds from the QUBES project, which allows us to offer a significant discount towards the cost of registration for all accepted applicants. If you have the funding to cover the cost of registration and wish to opt out of this discount, just let us know by checking the box below. We appreciate your generosity and will use the funds to support additional participants. 

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