Program Activities

Research. Students will focus mainly on conducting research in undergraduate biology education using social science theories and qualitative and quantitative methods. Students will do their work in collaboration with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and other undergraduate researchers from diverse disciplines, including life sciences, education, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and statistics.

Orientation & Kickoff BBQ. Each summer’s program will begin with an afternoon orientation session to introduce students and mentors, communicate the vision of the program, review program activities and expectations, and orient students with respect to the UGA campus and the adjacent city of Athens. This orientation will be followed by a barbecue to allow students to meet other students, participating faculty, and other UGA researchers.

Research group meetingsStudents will participate in the weekly meetings of the Biology Education Research Group to exchange research ideas and research progress.

Weekly journal club. All REU students will meet once a week to discuss current research related to undergraduate biology teaching and learning. Discussions will be led by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty, and will include literature from other relevant fields such as chemistry, physics, and K-12 science education.

Professional development sessions. Weekly sessions will be offered for students to develop education research skills and learn about career paths related to biology education research. Topics will include conducting human subjects research responsibly and ethically, preparing for graduate school, conducting classroom observations, building and validating surveys, conducting interviews, coding qualitative data, and managing large datasets.

Closing symposium. The program will be capped with a half-day symposium. Students will present their research to faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and other undergraduate researchers in the form of a poster session.

Follow through. Students are encouraged to complete their research experiences by co-authoring conference presentations and papers with their research mentors. The UBER REU Site will support this by offering $500 travel stipends for students to present their work at conferences.

2018 UBERV2 REU Fellows visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History to explore science learning in informal setting.