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SCIENCE LITERACY

PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
FALL 2016 – FINALS WEEK

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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.

Journal Club

During Winter 2017, we will continue to have two journal clubs to choose from.
Thursdays 9am session will focus on reading about equity and inclusion in STEM including some articles from the September 2016 issues of CBE/LSE focusing on Broadening Participation in the Life Sciences and other sources.

Fridays 1pm session will focus on building skills for science communication with opportunities to explore and practice these skills.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
Elly and Julie

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Reading Recommendations for Break

If you’re looking for some science education books to read over winter break, we are reading and enjoying the following recent publications:Felder, R.M. and R. Brent. (2016). Teaching and learning STEM: A practical guide. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

Roberts, J.W. (2016). Experiential education in the college context: What it is, how it works, and why it matters. Routledge, New York.

Snow, C.E. and K.A. Dibner. (2016). Science literacy: Concepts, contexts, and consequences. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC. Available from: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/23595/science-literacy-concepts-contexts-and-consequences 

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Graduate Training in Biology Education at ASU

The Biology Education Research Lab at Arizona State University is recruiting M.S. and Ph.D. students to join a vibrant team dedicated to improving undergraduate biology education. Led by Sara Brownell, our interests in the lab are broad and we thrive on exploring diverse research areas in biology education. Ongoing projects in the lab have thus far focused on course-based undergraduate research experiences as well as undergraduate research experiences more broadly, interventions for at-risk biology students, social and cultural factors that influence students’ experience in biology classes, how student identities including gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA status, and transfer status influence student experiences in the classroom, and issues related to student attitudes towards evolution. Students can earn a degree in Biology or Biology and Society from the School of Life Sciences while conducting research in biology education in a topic that is of interest to them. Support in the form of research assistantships and/or teaching assistants is available for interested graduate students. For more information, please go to the lab website (sebbers.wix.com/biology-ed-lab) or contact Sara (sbrownel@asu.edu). Application deadlines are December 1st.

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

For six years now, Undergraduate Studies has partnered with University Housing, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, UO Libraries, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation to support the Undergraduate Research Symposium—a campus-wide opportunity for students to present their original contributions in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The symposium has grown each year and the 2016 event included over 200 presenters, representing 57 majors and seven colleges. The 2017 event will take place on Thursday, May 18 and will conclude with a reception and awards ceremony from 5-7 pm.

Abstracts for student presentations at the 2017 event are due by 11:59 pm on March 10 and are submitted via the Undergraduate Research Symposium website. The Symposium website (http://undergradsymposium.uoregon.edu/) offers prospective undergraduate presenters many resources, including proposal submission guidelines, FAQs, sample abstracts, interviews with Symposium presenters, video of panels, past programs, and an archive of posters and slideshow presentations. During winter and spring terms, we will be offering a series of drop-in workshops designed to guide students through the process of writing an abstract, developing a poster, and preparing an oral presentation (http://undergradsymposium.uoregon.edu/deadlines). We have an information session for students planned for Tuesday, January 17 at 6 pm in the Global Scholars Hall Learning Commons.

We’re also hoping to find faculty to serve on the Faculty Review Panel to assess abstracts or act as moderators at the Symposium. If you’d like to be involved or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Josh Snodgrass (jjosh@uoregon.edu) or Kevin Hatfield (kevhat@uoregon.edu or 346-1977).

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Reading Recommendations for Break

Graduate Training in Biology Education at ASU

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Applcations Open for Grants and Scholarships

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) encourages students statewide to apply now for grants and scholarships at OregonStudentAid.gov. OSAC awards more than $80 million each year in state-funded grants and privately funded scholarships to help students meet their college expenses. More than 500 privately funded scholarship opportunities are available to eligible Oregon students with a wide range of interests and needs, in addition to the state-administered Oregon Promise and the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

Students  must apply online at OregonStudentAid.gov and submit a completed OSAC scholarship application and all other required materials by March 1 at 5:00 p.m. Students may explore over 500 scholarships and apply for up to 40 with one application, and there is no cost to apply. Scholarship funds are available for graduating high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate students, GED and homeschooled students, community college and vocational school students, single parents returning to school, and more. Students who submit their applications by February 15 at 5:00 pm may be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 OSAC Early Bird scholarship.

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UO Science Literacy Program
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Eugene, OR 97403