BEACON is engaged in undergraduate education across different fronts include contributing to guidelines for undergraduate biology courses that meet current reform efforts. In addition BEACON offers many opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in ongoing research, in the summer or during the academic year, in the field or in the lab.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The BEACON Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) provides funding for undergraduates to join a research lab at Michigan State University or at one our partner field stations and pursue a cross-disciplinary research. Contact Judi Brown Clarke if interested (email: email@example.com telephone: 517-353-5985)
Introductory Biology for Non-life Science STEM Majors: Using cases and Avida-ED to teach evolution.
As part of the Biology Initiative at Michigan State University BEACON is involved in the development of an introductory biology course designed to expose non-biology STEM majors to the core ideas in biology – information flow, structure-function, transformation of energy and matter, and systems – within an evolutionary framework that incorporates scientific practices.
University of Washington (coming…)
Undergraduate Upper-level Evolution
Also part of the Biology Initiative at Michigan State University BEACON is involved in developing a set of learning outcomes for upper-level evolution courses. Once complete these will be shared with both the education and evolution communities.