The Summer Institutes are intensive multi-day workshops held throughout the United States that introduce STEM educators to the principles of evidence-based teaching. Participants include college and university faculty and future faculty in STEM fields from both research- and teaching-intensive institutions. Each year, approximately 200 participants attend one of up to six “regional” Summer Institutes, which draw faculty teams from institutions in a proximal geographic region. 

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A Note for IRACDA Applicants

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) Postdoctoral Scholars are given priority status to attend a regional Summer Institute. The Summer Institutes are an excellent opportunity for IRACDA postdocs to develop their teaching skills and prepare to join the next generation of biomedical educators. For more information, please contact

Budgeting for a Regional Summer Institute

The costs for attending a Summer Institute vary by individual site. Attendees are generally responsible for covering their own registration, lodging, and travel costs. Below we provide a rough list of costs to assist with budgeting purposes.

  • Registration fees: Typically a few hundred dollars, though some sites waive this fee.

  • Lodging costs: Vary based on location. We recommend budgeting based on local hotel costs. Some sites offer 2 lodging options (dorms $ v. hotel $$).

  • Meals: Most meals are typically included. Plan for one or two meals on your own.

  • Travel: Home institutions are responsible for covering travel costs.

Subsidies may be available for participants from lesser-resourced institutions or departments. Please follow up with a leader of an individual site (contact information listed below) to inquire about specific costs.


Applicants are welcome to apply to any regional site, regardless of geographic location.

For more information about applying, see our application information page here.



University of California, San Diego

July 13-17

Application open Feb 1st

Regional Site Leaders: 

Dr. Stanley Lo, (, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences and in the Program of Mathematics and Science Education, University of California San Diego.

Dr. Christine Andrews, (, Faculty Instructor of Biology, Lane Community College



Rice University

July 20-24

Application open Feb 1st

Regional Site Leaders:

Dr. Beth Beason-Abmayr, (, Teaching Professor, Faculty Lecturer & Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Rice University

Dr. Elizabeth Eich, (, Associate Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Inquiry, Professor in the Practice, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Assistant Director of the RESST Program and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Program In Writing & Communication, Rice University



Location TBA

August 3-7

Application open TBA

Regional Site Leaders: 


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