Due to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and with the health and safety of all Hoosiers in mind, the Biology Summer Institute 2020 has been canceled.
Biology Summer Institute
Let us help you motivate your students to learn
Are you a high school educator teaching biology in Indiana? Would you like to develop innovative exercises and experiments to enrich your students’ conceptual understanding of biology? We can help. Apply to attend the five-day Biology Summer Institute at the Indiana University Department of Biology.
Biology Summer Institute
At the Biology Summer Institute, you can learn about ongoing research in our labs and work with the researchers to design activities to use in your classroom.
Members of participating biology laboratories provide a general introduction to their research programs and work with you to design projects for your students. The Department of Biology helps provide you with the supplies necessary for your students to conduct the designed activities.
The Biology Summer Institute connects you and your students to ongoing research in our department, increasing students’ general understanding of biology. Simultaneously, the program provides you as a teacher with an opportunity to learn about the latest research in your field of interest and to develop novel tools to motivate and educate your students. The program also offers you the chance to deepen your collaborations with individual IU Biology faculty members, which could lead to further collaboration through National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers (NSF RET) grants.
When: June 8-12, 2020 CANCELED
Where: Indiana University Department of Biology (Jordan Hall, 1001 East 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN)
Stipend: $750 (lodging in IU dormitory rooms will be provided for those teachers who are accepted to attend the institute who are more than 1 hour away)
Tentative daily schedule:
|8:30–10 a.m.||Faculty member provides participants with an overview of his/her research|
|10–10:30 a.m.||Discussion with faculty|
|10:30 a.m.–12 noon||Teachers work with designated faculty members (2 teachers/faculty member) to discuss, prepare, and test their exercises/experiments.|
|12 noon–1 p.m.||Lunch|
|1–5 p.m.||Additional time to prepare exercises, test, and write-up of work as well as periodic facility tours|
On Friday, teachers share the activities they have developed with the other participants.
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Banner image (top of page): Biology teachers participating in the Biology Summer Institute pipette Daphnia in the lab with Professor Spencer Hall (center).