We are pleased to offer 10 Science Literacy courses Fall 2017 and support SLP scholars and fellows in each course. The Science Literacy Program seeks talented, motivated, and hard-working Undergraduate SLP Scholars and Graduate SLP Fellows to help co-teach general education courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Human Physiology or Physics. Read below for more information about SLP courses and the application process.
For interested undergraduates:
Scholars will register for CAS 409 SLP Scholar Practicum (2-Credits). In this practicum, students will be paired with a faculty mentor and Graduate SLP Fellow in a teaching team. Students will attend a weekly science education journal club and their assigned course to explore theories of science education and help develop and implement classroom activities and assessments to support student learning.
Undergraduate SLP scholars will
- Have the opportunity to explore science courses behind-the-scenes as a teacher.
- Receive mentored teaching support from a faculty co-instructor.
- Learn about scientific teaching and active learning and how to apply it to science courses.
To apply please complete an online application http://scilit.uoregon.edu/scholars/. Application will involve a statement of experience, a statement of purpose and career goals, a list of courses and grades, and two letters of reference. Applications are being accepted on a rolling deadline.
For interested graduate students:
Graduate students will be paired with a faculty mentor from the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Human Physiology or Physics) and will half of their FTE paid by the Science Literacy Program. The other half of the FTE MUST be from a research appointment or GTF in the SAME course.
Benefits and Opportunities
- Participate in designing and/or delivering science courses
- Learn about teaching from a faculty mentor
- Develop and present class activities and assessments
- Experience university instruction from the other side
- Develop educational and communication skills
- Participate in the weekly Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club to learn more about scientific teaching and evidence-based pedagog
Graduate SLP Fellows Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications
- We seek talented, motivated, and hard-working graduate students who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such opportunities.
- We are very interested in enhancing the creativity, diversity, and talent of the next generation of science educators, and students from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
- Permission from research advisor
- Good academic standing
- One faculty recommendation from the subject area(s) for the course you wish to assist
- Subject to approval and GTF appointment from your department
- You must attend each class session (unless excused by mentor), meet weekly with your mentor, and attend Journal Club weekly
To apply, submit the online Graduate SLP Fellow application http://scilit.uoregon.edu/fellows/, request a letter of recommendation, approval from your research advisor, and approval from your department head. Applications are being accepted on a rolling deadline.
Fall 2017 Courses:
ASTR 122 Birth and Death of Stars
BI 132 Introduction to Animal Behavior
BI 150 Ocean Planet
CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles
CH 114 Green Product Design
CH 221 General Chemistry I
GEOL 101 Earth’s Dynamic Interior
PHYS 152 Physics of Sound and Music
PHYS 161 Physics of Energy and Environment
PHYS 181 Quantum Mechanics for Everyone
More information about these courses can be found in 2017-2018 Courses.
5th November 2015 at 10:48 am
Science for the rest of us: UO fights for science literacy
Dr. Scott Fisher has looked into other galaxies and worked for NASA, but he’s teaching a 100-level astronomy course at University of Oregon.
He describes himself as an absolute stereotype of a scientist: Bald with glasses, with facial hair reminiscent of Walter White. But his attitude about the way science courses should be taught is anything but stereotypical: He starts most classes with “What’s up, my fine peoples?”
But Fisher is serious about science. He’s a “planet hunter,” monitoring infant solar systems from a remote-controlled telescope in Bend, on UO’s Pine Mountain Observatory. He’s also looking for supernovas: If he spots one, he’ll alert the Gemini telescope at Mauna Kea, where he used to work.
“A major problem is not that people hate science, but that people had such a bad experience with science, that it turned them against it,” Fisher said. “And that’s what I’m trying to fight. Let’s have a positive experience that you can carry forward in life.”
Read full article here.
A list of SLP Winter Term courses is available on our website.
11th September 2015 at 11:29 am
Following a successful two-day workshop on Science Communication (May 2015), the University of Oregon has been invited to become an Affiliated University with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The Science Literacy Program will serve as the campus resource center to provide opportunities for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty to build science communication skills in collaboration with the Alda Center. The UO is one of ten institutions affiliated with the Center and the first West of the Mississippi River.
The goal of the Alda Center at Stony Brook University, New York is to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline. Trainings include learning improvisation techniques and how to distill a scientific message for a general audience.
18th August 2015 at 12:07 pm
The Science Literacy Program is now accepting applications for Graduate SLP Fellows and Undergraduate SLP Scholars positions for Winter 2016.
- See the Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars pages for more information.
- Descriptions of our Course are now available.
- Why apply? See the Application section to see a list of activities in which previous fellows have participated.