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Who should apply?

  • The summer workshop is appropriate for faculty teaching all levels of undergraduate biology, quantitative biology, and life science-oriented mathematics, including advanced high school and AP Biology. 
  • We encourage teams from a single institution or partner institutions to apply, especially interdisciplinary teams and teams combining part time and full time faculty.  
  • Future faculty are welcome at this event and special programming on career development is offered for this audience.  
  • The meeting sponsors strive to increase the inclusivity and accessibility of this event, and to that end, we encourage persons requiring accommodations to apply and let us know how we can support their participation.  
  • We are exploring childcare options to support parents.  Final arrangements will depend on the number and ages of children needing care.  
  • Applicants should be able to commit to attending the full workshop Sunday July 23 through Friday July 28, and are encouraged to continue to work with their group virtually on the QUBESHub in the Fall.  

See who attended the 2016 Summer Workshop:


  • Space at the workshop is limited and applicants will be notified by May 12 if they are accepted.  
  • A commitment to attend is due May 26th and participants are expected to attend for the full week.
  • Payment is due by June 30th.

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Cost of the workshop & Payment

Registration for the workshop is $700.  This includes lunches and dinners starting with dinner on Sunday, July 23 through a boxed lunch on Friday, July 28.

Fees for on-campus housing in Owens dorm, which includes breakfast, are $45/night.  Additional nights on Saturday July 22 and Friday July 28 are available for those whose travel schedule requires an early arrival or late stay.  Alternatively, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Townplace Suites for $109/night.  For more information, see the Travel and Housing page. 

Payment for the workshop will be coordinated through the registration form (accepted applicants will receive an email invitation to register for the workshop). You may choose to pay for the workshop through a credit card, check, or Michigan State Account, if applicable.

All participants will receive an invoice for the full registration amount. If you have a full or partial waiver through a scholarship or third party support, please pay the amount indicated in the email you received inviting you to register and send the invoice to the appropriate party, indicated in the email, noting how much you paid.


Limited scholarship support was available to partially defray the costs of the workshop. Scholarship recipients will be notified in their acceptance letter. 

If you have a full or partial waiver through a scholarship or third party support, please pay the amount indicated in the email you received inviting you to register and send the invoice to the appropriate party, indicated in the email, noting how much you paid.

Future Faculty Volunteer Opportunity

The workshop organizers recruited 4-6 highly motivated future faculty volunteers who will help with the day to day logistics of the workshop such as signage, registration, driving shuttles at the beginning and end of the week, posting events to social media sites, recording talks, daily clean up and set up, etc. in exchange for a registration fee waiver.  This is a great opportunity for future faculty to work with two and four year faculty from across the country and pick up ideas and resources for teaching.  Special career focused programming for future faculty is also offered.  Our volunteers get plenty of participation time as well as helping us out. Contact Gaby Hamerlinck (gaby"dot"hamerlinck"at"bioquest"dot"org) for more information.  

Poster Session Opportunity

Tell us what you are doing! We invite you to submit a poster abstract. This is an opportunity share what you have been working on and learn more about your colleagues' projects. Appropriate topics include educational research projects, pedagogical methods, course curricula, modules, reform efforts, discipline based education research projects on any scale, resources, and assessments.
The poster session will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 3:30-5:30 pm. Posters should be no larger than 3’ X 4’. Poster abstracts are due by June 1. Applications can be revisited to submit poster files. 
Click here to submit an abstract: https://goo.gl/forms/7CMlxmsIMpKkXo3C2

What was needed 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.  If you are applying as part of a team, please provide the names of the other team members.  This is also an opportunity to let us know if you will need childcare, special accessibility accommodations, or will be applying for scholarship support.

In addition to basic contact and background information, applicants are asked to provide short answers (200 words each) to the following questions:

  • What role do you feel models and the modeling process play in scientific research?  Feel free to use personal examples as appropriate.
  • What are some of the challenges in engaging students with models and modeling?  These can be based on personal experience or general community experience.  
  • Please describe steps you have taken to make your classroom more inclusive.