The Science Literacy Program seeks talented, motivated, and hard-working Undergraduate SLP Scholars to help co-teach general education courses for non-sciences majors. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor from the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Human Physiology or Physics).
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. The program offers outstanding opportunities to assist with course development, lecture/activity/assessment preparation and presentation, and in-class demonstrations.
Students may volunteer as a SLP Scholar or register for a 2-credit CAS 409 SLP Scholar Practicum Credit. Responsibilities of volunteer and credit-earning SLP Scholars are the same.
In this practicum, Undergraduate Science Literacy Program Scholars will help co-teach general education science courses with direct supervision from a faculty mentor. 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 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.
At the completion of this practicum, Undergraduate SLP Scholars will be able to
- Explain the theory and evidence behind scientific teaching and active learning as techniques that support student learning.
- Design assessments and activities to implement active learning techniques in a SLP affiliated science course in partnership with a teaching team.
- Read and practice applying pedagogical theory from current science education literature to classroom experiences.
- Coordinate classroom support activities with faculty mentor and teaching team.
- Write and discuss reflections of the experience.
Please contact Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program, if you have any questions.
Benefits and Opportunities
- Participate in designing and delivering general education science courses
- Learn about teaching from a faculty mentor
- 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 pedagogy
See the Application (Why Apply) section to see a list of activities in which previous fellows and scholars have participated.
Undergraduate Scholars Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications
- We seek talented, motivated, and hard-working undergraduates who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have opportunities to teach non-science majors.
- 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.
- Junior or Senior standing in a Science Major at the UO.
- 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
- Two faculty or GTF recommendations from the subject area(s) for the course you wish to assist.
- Register for w-credit CAS 409 or volunteer and meet the course expectations.
- Submit the online Undergraduate SLP Scholar application and request two letters of recommendation from a Faculty Member or a GTF that is familiar with your capabilities.
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