Biology faculty members’ work honored

STEM education advocates note pair’s learning modules for undergraduates

Two Central Michigan University biology faculty members have been honored for their contributions to undergraduate biology education.

Debra Linton

Anna Monfils and Debra Linton were named QUBES Mentors for their work in the fall 2019 semester. The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis project is a STEM higher education betterment program supported by the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to increase the effectiveness of undergraduate biology education nationwide.

The pair built a faculty mentoring network to help disseminate and implement educational modules related to data literacy, ecology, and evolution, Monfils said. They received 25 applications from 25 universities to participate.

"Our Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education materials were then used in the curriculum at these institutions," she said. Many of the modules can be implemented as online courses, she added.