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Application Deadline: May 10

Cost of the Institute and Payment

Registration for the full BIOME Institute program includes the Summer Session (2 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 BioQUEST scholarships and our generous partners, with no additional application required.

Registration with BioQUEST Scholarship

Regular Registration with BioQUEST Scholarship: $500

Full Registration

Full Regular Registration: $1100

Future faculty may also apply to volunteer during the BIOME to receive a full registration waiver (the volunteer opportunity will be listed as an option in Registration). Future faculty application questions include: 

  • What other professional development events have you attended in the past three years?
  • How would participating in the BIOME as a future faculty volunteer further your career?
  • Reference: Please provide the name and email address of someone who can serve as a professional reference.


Why is there a fee for this virtual event?

To put this event on, it takes a dedicated team of staff and volunteers working year round to design and deliver programming. This time and effort includes many activities, including but no limited to: 

  • identifying emerging STEM education trends
  • researching and recruiting speakers and presenters
  • designing inclusive and interactive programming
  • facilitating clear communication before, throughout the summer event as well as through the fall
  • hosting the summer event including supporting all presenters
  • technical support
  • hosting materials on the QUBES platform
  • supporting the formation of fall working groups and their work into the fall
  • supporting publication of resources on the QUBES platform


Why is the fee higher than last year?

Previous BIOME Institutes have been heavily subsidized by NSF grant funding from the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project. This project concluded in 2021 and the QUBES platform is now fully supported and administered by BioQUEST. We are working diligently to bring you this extensive programming at a reasonable price. We do not want the cost of the BIOME Institute to be a barrier to anyone's participation. If the registration fee poses a barrier for you, please contact Sarah Prescott (Sarah "dot" Prescott "at" bioquest "dot" org).



What is required for the application?

We request basic contact information about the applicant and the applicant's institution.  We encourage teams from single institutions or partner institutions to apply. Team participation is just as flexible as individual participation; teams have the option of joining the same Fall Working Groups and collaborating on institutional projects, but are not required to. We do encourage teams to branch out during the Summer Session and connect with new colleagues. If you are applying as a team, each team member should complete an individual application. 

In addition to basic contact and background information, applicants are asked to provide short answers to questions on inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible communities in STEM classrooms. All application questions are listed below:

General Information

  1. Name
  2. Email
  3. Institution or Organizational affiliation
  4. Department
  5. Disciplinary area(s) of focus
  6. Position / Title
  7. Are you currently a graduate student or postdoc who plans to get a faculty position in the future?
  8. Institution type
  9. Years of teaching experience
  10. Have you participated in BioQUEST professional development events previously?
  11. Team member info, if applicable
  12. How did you learn about the BIOME Institute?

Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Communities in STEM Classrooms

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?

Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible (IDEA) 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.

  • How do you currently, or how are you planning to, incorporate IDEA teaching practices within your classroom? Or what are you interested in learning more about on these topics?

Building Community

One key strategy for student centered learning involves getting students to engage, interact, and collaborate with one another. To do this, faculty can facilitate community building within their classrooms.

  • How do you currently, or how are you planning to, build communities within your classroom? Or what are you interested in learning more about on this topic?

BioQUEST Scholarship Support

  • Opt out of BioQUEST Scholarship funds?
    • Thanks to diligent work by our support staff, we are fortunate to have participant support funds, which allow us to offer a 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.