Undergraduate Opportunities for Teaching Biology

Updated: December 5, 2019
The following three NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Sites are currently recruiting undergraduate fellows for nine-week mentored opportunities to design and conduct research on undergraduate biology teaching and learning. Notification of selection: Mid-Spring, 2020


University of Georgia: Undergraduate Biology Education Research Version 3

(UBERV3) combines life science and education faculty mentors in projects aimed at developing fellows knowledge and skills in biology education research, encouraging undergraduates to pursue doctoral study of biology teaching and learning, expanding the diversity of the talent pool in biology education research, and contributing to the development of theory and knowledge about biology education in ways that can inform biology instruction. 

Sample Projects:

  • Investigating teacher knowledge for effective active-learning instruction

  • Students’ views of Intelligence

  • How do college biology faculty learn to use innovative teaching practices?

  • Evaluation of a Gender Gaps in Academic Performance in Medical Education

  • Exploring Peer Learning Assistants’ Impact on Student Performance and Perceptions

  • Supporting Science Leaders through Personalized Professional Learning Experiences

2020 program dates: Monday, May 18 – Saturday July 18, 2020

Stipends of $4500 plus $500 for food. On-campus housing provided free!

Application deadline is Monday, February 10, 2020. 

For more information, including a full list of projects and application materials, please visit http://uber.coe.uga.edu/ 


North Dakota State University: Growing Up STEM

Do you have an outstanding undergraduate student interested in learning and teaching in STEM? Do you have a student who has gone above and beyond on inside or outside the classroom? Perhaps a student showing an abundance of creativity and drive? These students possess the skills we are looking for in our summer research program. Please encourage them to apply for our REU program, Growing Up STEM.

We are excited to announce the 8th year of our summer REU in discipline-based education at North Dakota State University. Our program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level. Students work in a cohort of undergraduate scholars over a 10-week period during the summer and are immersed in hands-on research experiences in discipline-based education research.  Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference with travel support from our REU. Additional travel funding is available for travel to and from Fargo for those in financial need.


2020 program dates: May 26, 2020 - August 1, 2020.

Students are housed on-campus and earn a $5000 stipend.

Application deadline is February 1, 2020.

For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit http://www.ndsu.edu/cider/reu/ -or- Email Jennifer Momsen (jennifer.momsen@ndsu.edu) or Warren Christensen (warren.christensen@ndsu.edu)


The Rochester Institute of Technology: Models and Representations in STEM Education

The RIT Science and Mathematics Educational Research Collaborative, an interdisciplinary Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) group, will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this year.  Ten accepted students will be involved in mentored-research projects that focus on the theme of Models and Representations in STEM Education and will contribute to publishable research in DBER.  Accepted students will participate in a unique “Spring Ahead” research session to work virtually, using video conferencing and online journal club discussions, with project mentors to learn about DBER and outline summer projects. During the 9 week on-site experience at the RIT campus REU students will be involved in

  • Cohort-wide research methods workshops

  • Research group meetings and mentoring

  • Professional Development workshops

  • Cohort-building events 


Participants will earn a $5,000 stipend and will be housed, at no expense to the student, in RIT’s state-of-the-art housing Global Village complex.  

Application deadline is January 31st, 2020.

For more information, please visit our website at https://www.rit.edu/castle/research/reu 

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