Participate in the development and instruction of an authentic biology research course for first-year students

Description: Unique opportunity for a mentored leadership role with a new course in a fantastic program. The Biocore program at UW-Madison offers honors Biology students an authentic, inquiry-based curriculum integrating Biology content, research, communication, and collaboration as well as outreach and leadership opportunities.  This new course for first-year students is intended to help incoming students experience authentic biology research. The time commitment would include attending a 3-hour lab meeting each week, toward leading lab session(s) later in the semester. A weekly 1 hour planning meeting is also required. Responsibilities might include developing curriculum, teaching, mentoring student research, assessing student learning, and working with/mentoring undergraduate TA’s.

Semester(s): Fall 2020
Institution: UW Madison
Department(s): Biology Core Curriculum (Biocore)
Intern background needed: Strong teaching experience, preferably in undergraduate STEM lab courses. Background or interest in inquiry-based teaching approaches and/or teaching that support first-year students.

Course: Biocore 181
Course info: A 1-2 credit honors course for first-year students to help them experience authentic biology research. Please see course description below.
Course time/day (fall 2020): Mondays 1:20-4:20pm

Please Contact: Devin Wixon <>

Course description:

Becoming a Scientist: Doing Biology Research (Biocore 181H, 2 cr.)
Fall 2020, Mondays 1:20-4:20
This course will actively engage you and a class community of your peers in the process of science by providing you with the opportunity to do authentic biology research.  Through this engagement you will uncover “how we know what we know” through scientific discovery. You will work in a team of three to four students to ask a novel question and do biology research on a topic of your choice: from ecology and physiology to cell biology. You will explore both the “how” and “why” questions that drive the process of science by doing research and communicating it to others. You will also analyze how science is communicated by visiting UW Madison campus research labs and talking with researchers about their science. This Honors course emphasizes scientific reasoning, including in-depth investigation of a research topic and reading primary scientific literature, as well as dedicated collaborative group work requiring student motivation and intellectual engagement typical of an honors mindset. The course is taught by instructors in the Biocore Honors Biology program and will allow for opportunities to explore the Biocore sequence as an option to begin during your sophomore year.