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Sparking IDEAS:
Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Communities in STEM Classrooms

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Our 2022 BIOME Community

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Working Group Lightning Talks

What did we do during the fall semester?

2022 BioQUEST OneHealth Plug-and-Play CURE Model Working Group - YouTube

Lindsey D Fields, Sharon Maureen Homer-Drummond, Traci Kinkel

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For the Fall 2022 BIOME Working Group, we have developed a plug-and-play CURE model that will allow educators to pick and choose CURE resources, centered on microbial diversity and ecology, to allow students to learn the process of science, specific methods, and science communication. Students will be able to publish original data to the OneHealth Initiative and other databases. The resources will be further developed in a Spring 2023 FMN, to expand the model of a plug-and-play CURE.
BIOME 2022, #OneHealth #Ecology #PreHealth #PreMed #PreVet #VetMed #StudentResources #SciComm #SciEd, #SmallWorld #BiolLabCURE #CURE, PlugandPlayCURE

Inclusive STEM Teaching Project Working Group- BIOME 2022

Sarah Prescott, Deborah Rook, Molly Allison Phillips, Jaime Blair, John Howard Starnes, Melanie Lenahan, Sharon Maureen Homer-Drummond, Tamara Basham

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After the BIOME 2022, a group got together to take the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project course and have weekly discussions during the course.
Inclusive teaching, BIOME 2022

Revealing Hidden Figures in Natural History Collections Working Group BIOME 2022 Recap

Adania Flemming, Siobhan Leachman, Makenzie Mabry, Molly Phillips, Shawn Elizabeth Zeringue-Krosnick, Jennifer Kovacs, Olubunmi Aina

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A quick overview from the revealing hidden figures working group as part of BIOME 2022.
BIOME 2022

Kindness Working Group Lightning Talk- BIOME 2022

Pat Marsteller, Stacey Kiser, Pryce Norwood, Molly Allison Phillips, Deborah Rook, Sara Sawyer, Paula Soneral

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Though we started by discussing Mica Estrada's talk about Kindness in academia, we learned and read and discussed so many things.
BIOME 2022, kindness

UDL Working Group- BIOME 2022 - Lightning Talk

Pat Marsteller, Brian Bill, Sharon Maureen Homer-Drummond, Lisa Rezende, Susan Gass

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UDL Working Group from BIOME 2022's Lightning talk. They discuss what they did over the course of the semester.
working group, BIOME 2022

Box-of-Lessons Review, Fall 2022 - YouTube

Alexandra Pettit, Sheela Vemu, Shuchismita Dutta

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This video described the working group activities for BIOME Institute 2022 - Fall working group
carbohydrates, proteins, Nucleic Acid Structure, biomolecular structure, biomolecular visualization, Protein Data Bank, resources @ Molecular CaseNet, BIOME 2022, piloting, lipids, biomolecules

Building Better groups in STEM Courses

Jennifer Glee Buntz, Emily Drill, Dan Johnson, Megan Lupek, Carolina Mehaffy, Dr Pankaj Mehrotra, Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith, Usha Sankar

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Formation of student groups that can work effectively together is challenging at best. Considerations include group size and formation (assigned or student choice) and how group members will be held accountable. Diversity, equity and inclusion is an important consideration that is just beginning to be explored in the context of group dynamics and group work. As part of our working group for the BIOME Institute 2022, we explored the current framework for group work: https://lse.ascb.org/evidence-based-teaching-guides, and identified gaps for development of additional resources related to DEI, Assessment, and Students guide. We identified published studies specific to DEI and group work and created a document and template that the community can use to explore the identified resources and continue adding new ones. In addition, we proposed a similar strategy to identify resources related to assessment of group work in particular settings. We also propose organizing this information into a guide oriented towards students rather than instructors.
Equity, inclusion, Diversity in STEM classrooms, group work, dei, diversity equity and inclusion, BIOME 2022

Also check out our Posters & Works-In-Progress from the Summer Session


Creating equitable, inclusive learning environments for all of our students is paramount for empowering them as thinkers, scientists, and citizens, and for advancing scientific discovery and innovation. How do we foster a sense of belonging in each student and a sense of community for the class as a whole? How do we reduce barriers to participation and engage all perspectives? How do we position ourselves as leaders but also empower students to guide their own learning? In turn, what strategies for fostering inclusion and equity carry from the classroom into our professional networks?

The BioQUEST community, through the 2022 BIOME Institute, will aim to support faculty in building a sense of community and belonging within their classrooms and groups with the goal of creating networks and partnerships founded on mutual trust, respect, and open collaboration between students and educational leaders. BioQUEST has been a leader in STEM education reform for the past 35 years, and this year we will continue to grow our community through conversations focused on shifting the relationship between instructors and students, reframing instructional practice, and improving all student outcomes and feelings of belonging in STEM. 

BIOQUEST: Evolution and Revolution in STEM Education

Learn more about the BIOME

You should participate if you are interested in:

  • Considering how pedagogical practices and resources can help build Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Communities in STEM classrooms.
  • Supporting diverse learners in contributing to scientific advances. 
  • Exploring inclusive teaching practices, the Universal Design for Learning framework, and resources designed to engage students in social justice as a part of scientific practice.
  • Collaborating with colleagues to design course materials.
  • Joining a community of committed, enthusiastic educators at all levels.

Community goals

  • Use evidence based pedagogical approaches to develop teaching materials for your classroom to improve student outcomes. 
  • Increase awareness and implementation of inclusive, accessible pedagogical practices.  
  • Promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Address the need to move between online and in person learning environments.
  • Actively participate in a community of like minded peers