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Institute for Biology Education (BioCommons)


Email Bryant, BioCommons Program Director Newberry, BioCommons Program Coordinator Information

(608) 263-1355 -- Jeri Bryant, BioCommons Program Director
(608) 263-1335 -- Laura Newberry, BioCommons Program Coordinator
(608) 890-0576

Institute for Biology Education
445 Henry Mall, First Floor
Madison, WI 53706

Steenbock Library
550 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706

The Institute for Biology Education is a unit under the UW-Madison Provost's office that works across and beyond campus to improve biology education, with an emphasis on increasing the engagement of populations that are underrepresented in science.

Programming for UW-Madison undergraduates in the biological sciences focuses on supporting them in their transition to UW-Madison and their first year and engaging them in beyond-the-classroom experiences such as research, international study, leadership, learning communities, career exploration, and public service.

Other programs and initiatives include teaching & learning support for UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff, support for interdisciplinary initiatives, training for future faculty, professional development for K-12 educators, outreach in K-12 schools and after-school programs, K-12 curricular reform, and pre-college and undergraduate summer research experiences.

WISCIENCE encourages whole-person, whole-life learning in science—learning that goes beyond the boundaries of any classroom or campus. This requires innovative programs, resources, and collaborations that help sharpen the tools for scientific inquiry while connecting them with real-world situations. Innovative excellence in science education not only improves the practice of science, it also contributes to a more informed and active citizenry and a flourishing plane

The BioCommons is a collaboration initiated by WISCIENCE and Steenbock Library, with initial funding provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Units across campus that serve students in the biological sciences can:
  • bring services and events to a central location with which students are already familiar
  • connect with colleagues and form networks for exchange of information, coordination of efforts, and collaborative solutions
  • take advantage of publicity support, a student newsletter, a website, and literature displays

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Created:2012-11-26 13:49 CDTUpdated:2019-11-25 10:34 CDT
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