Biology Education Graduate Programs recruiting graduate students.

Oklahoma State University: Opportunities to earn M.S. or Ph.D. focused on Biology Education
Research and innovation primarily focused at the introductory level will provide a wide range of research-projects for students interested in earning graduate degrees in Integrative Biology focused on Biology Education. Teaching Assistantships for disciplinary courses are regularly available and two research assistantship position will open in Summer or Fall 2017. Successful applicants will work with an interdisciplinary team of new and established faculty from the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Integrative Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution and the Schools of Educational Studies and Teaching and Curriculum Leadership with interests in examining factors and practices that contribute to student persistence and learning. The majority of our current effort is devoted to embedding research into the courses that make up the introductory experience (Introductory Biology, Animal Biology, Plant Biology, Microbiology, Freshman Research in Biochemistry). Other research includes examining how active learning instruction contributes to increased performance through motivation and engagement, factors affecting transfer of concepts across disciplines, and how instructors gain proficiency in inquiry-based instructional methods. Students in the program should expect to gain expertise in using quantitative and qualitative techniques, and both disciplinary and educational theory. Interested students should contact

Arizona State University: Graduate training in Biology Education Research
The Biology Education Research Lab at Arizona State University is recruiting M.S. and Ph.D. students to join a vibrant team dedicated to improving undergraduate biology education. Led by Sara Brownell, our interests in the lab are broad and we thrive on exploring diverse research areas in biology education. Ongoing projects in the lab have thus far focused on course-based undergraduate research experiences as well as undergraduate research experiences more broadly, interventions for at-risk biology students, social and cultural factors that influence students’ experience in biology classes, how student identities including gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA status, and transfer status influence student experiences in the classroom, and issues related to student attitudes towards evolution. Students can earn a degree in Biology or Biology and Society from the School of Life Sciences while conducting research in biology education in a topic that is of interest to them. Support in the form of research assistantships and/or teaching assistants is available for interested graduate students. For more information, please go to the lab website ( or contact Sara ( for more information. Application deadlines are December 1st.

Portland State University: A graduate (MS or PhD) opportunity in Biology Education Research is available for a Fall 2016 start. We are seeking a motivated graduate student to work on an interdisciplinary research project that will develop, implement, and assess novel student-centered learning environments. A competitive applicant will have interest in conducting both qualitative and quantitative discipline-based education research (DBER) and have a strong background in biology or biochemistry research, either through an undergraduate research experience or a Masters-level project. This project will include the graduate student collaborating with a team of researchers and instructors on a HHMI-supported effort to develop interdisciplinary course-based undergraduate research experiences at PSU. The student will receive teaching assistantships and tuition remission. Research assistantships will depend upon funding. Interested individuals should send a CV and a brief statement of research interests, experience, and career goals to Dr. Erin Shortlidge (, as well as any questions regarding the position. Applicants will need to submit a formal application for admittance into the **Biology Graduate Department** through the **Office of Graduate Studies**. The Biology webpage states a February application deadline, but we will make exceptions for the right applicant. Applications will be reviewed starting March 1, 2016.

Dr.Jenny Knight
University of Colorado-Boulder.
I am looking for graduate students interested in getting a PhD in MCDB with a research area of Biology Education. Our applications are due December 1. Please pass on to talented undergraduates you might have!
Here are the details on the MCDB graduate program:

Dr. Kristy Daniel
Department of Biological Sciences-
Texas State University
I have funding for 1-2 graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) that are interested in biology education research. I'm housed in an Aquatic Resources program, but research is not limited to that subject area! My current students are exploring a tree-thinking project, social media as an educational tool for science teachers, and impacts of a summer science camp.

Dr. Elizabeth Schussler
University of Tennessee
I am seeking graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) who would like to earn a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, but with a research area of Biology Education. Students would be a part of an active lab comprised of two current graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher who are focused on introductory biology instructor teaching practices, student engagement, and GTA professional development for teaching. Students must complete the degree requirements for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, but their research would solely be in the area of Biology Education. The University of Tennessee has revised its introductory biology sequence to align with Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education, and has a faculty supportive of modern educational practices.
For more information, visit my web site at:
And/or the departmental Graduate Studies page at:
Applications are due January 1.

School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Biology Education Graduate Training
Masters and Ph.D. level graduate training in Biology Education is available at Arizona State University under the direction of Dr. Sara Brownell. In addition to designing his/her own project in biology education, students will take basic science courses to establish his/her expertise in biology, in addition to courses in education, statistics, cognitive sciences, etc. to establish his/her expertise as an education researcher. Students are supported primarily on teaching assistantships, although there are fellowship opportunities and the possibility of research assistantships. For more information or a list of possible research projects, please contact Sara Brownell ( or visit her faculty page:

Interested students should apply to the Biology program ( and they can concentrate in Biology and Society if they prefer ( Application deadlines are December 15th, 2013 for a start date of Fall Semester 2014.

Department of Biological Sciences at University of Northern Colorado
Doctoral level education in Biology Education Research is available at University of Northern Colorado through the School of Biological Sciences Ph.D. program in Biology Education. This program combines coursework in biology, education, and educational research methodologies with dissertation research in biology education and a capstone biology teaching experience. Biology education dissertation projects are determined by student interest and are focused on college level biology education. Teaching assistantships are possible for interested students. Program specific information is available at For more information please contact Sue Ellen DeChenne (, website: or Richard Jurin (, website:

Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University
Research opportunity in biology education at the undergraduate level.
The Momsen lab ( in the
Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University is
accepting applications for a highly motivated PhD graduate student to
begin Fall 2013. Current research threads include (1) the role of
representations in learning biology and (2) the development of systems
thinking skills in biology students. Opportunities exist to
collaborate across science and math disciplines.
Interested applicants should send a CV to Jennifer Momsen
( Students are supported primarily through
teaching assistantships, although fellowship opportunities are
available. Additional details about the department and graduate
program can be found on the NDSU Biological Sciences website
--Jennifer Momsen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
North Dakota State University