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iBEARS Poster

By Michael Edward Moore1, Tracey Sulak2, Marty Harvill2, Penny Thompson3, Brad Christian4

1. University of California Davis 2. Baylor University 3. Oklahoma State University 4. McLennan Community College

A description of the new NSF INCLUDES iBEARS network including background, project goals, project outcomes, connections to be made through QUBES, and future directions.

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group Inclusive Biologists Exploring Active Research with Students (iBEARS)

Version 1.0 - published on 14 Dec 2020 doi:10.25334/13K6-4T30 - cite this

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This is a poster describing the recently NSF INCLUDES grant-funded Inclusive Biologist Exploring Active Research with Students (iBEARS) program. The primary goal of the program is to explicitly infuse the undergraduate curriculum with 21st-century skill development through training undergraduates (called Mentors) to guide middle-level science students (students in 4th-8th grade called Mentees) through the process of designing, conducting, and presenting a scientific research project. Projects are 100% Mentee generated and weekly check-in meetings occur over Zoom between the Mentors and their Mentees.

The main outcomes of  iBEARS program for the Mentors are:

1) Developed 21st-Century Skills

2) Increased Science Identity

3) Increased STEM Inclusion

4) Increased persistence in STEM


Broader Impacts of the iBEARS program are:

1) Increased Science Identity of the Mentees

2) Increased Inclusion of the Mentees

3) Increased Interest in Studying Science in University

4) Increased Understanding of Scientific Research for the Middle Level Science Teachers


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