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To support the increasing need for undergraduate biology instructors prepared to offer authentic research experiences as part of a student-centered classroom, the American Society for Call Biology (ASCB) is sponsoring a small number of fellowships of up to $2,000 to allow current and future undergraduate biology instructors to travel to, observe, and work with faculty who are  experienced in using course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in their classes. 2017 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

These participants will work with their mentor to develop their current or prospective research work into a multi-session classroom-based undergraduate research experience, to consider best teaching practices for the implementation of this experience, and to put their new skills into practice in their own classroom.

The fellows will pursue methods of teaching that align with Vision and Change principles. Learn more here {http://visionandchange.org/}

Recipients will be awarded up to $1,500 for an in situ observation trip and laboratory supplies, depending on their justification and proposed budget, and an additional $500 following completion of mentor and program assessment. This program also provides a $500 mentor stipend. After applying the new skills, MALT Fellows will report findings to the scientific community.

Eligibility:

MALT is open to current and future biology educators working in biology/life science departments at community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutes, liberal arts colleges, or large research universities.

Applicants must confirm a mentor prior to applying. If you do not have a mentor, please contact either of the program administrators Dr. Michael Wolyniak (mwolyniak@hsc.edu) or Dr. Amy Prunuske (aprunuske@mcw.edu) for assistance in finding a suitable match.

Applicants without immediate access to their own teaching setting may be considered. Their proposals will be evaluated with all others but will require additional clarification with respect to how CURE materials will be implemented.

Funds for the observation trip must be used to travel to the mentor’s classroom. Applicants who propose to observe faculty on a home campus or at another institution within 50 miles of the applicant s campus will not be considered for funds in this particular category.

Mentor requirements: Experience (2-year minimum) teaching with active learning methods that align with Vision and Change recommendations in an undergraduate life sciences setting with at least 10 students per class.

Mentors must be able to commit to:

-The in situ observation and concurrent mentoring exchanges outlined in the proposal.

-Consultation on the updated teaching materials or processes the MALT Fellow will produce for his/her own teaching setting.

To Apply:

Applicants are urged to secure a mentor prior to applying.  If you do not have a mentor, please contact either of the program administrators Dr. Michael Wolyniak (mwolyniak@hsc.edu) or Dr. Amy Prunuske (aprunuske@mcw.edu) for assistance in finding a suitable match.

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A complete application will consist of the following:

  1. Applicant’s full name and contact information
  1. Mentor’s full name and contact information
  1. A letter of support and CV from the prospective mentor
  1. Projected date(s) and course/department title of in situ observations
  1. Proposed budget for in situ observation trip and/or supplies
  1. Projected dates and course/class title for applying CURE.
  1. A summary of the applicant’s understanding of the goal and elements of CUREs (~2-3 sentences)
  1. A summary (~2-3 sentences) of any prior experience with CUREs in any setting
  1. Plan for developing preliminary CURE learning materials with guidance from the mentor
  1. Implementation timeline for a term or complete course on campus
  1. Plan for evaluation of CURE class/module/term/course

 

Selections will be made within 3-4 weeks of the application. Recipients will be notified by email.

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