CEILS Journal Club for STEM Education Research

When: Fridays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm PST, starting Octoberdiscussion group - UVM Bored 8th 2021

RSVP:  Here

WhereJoin us on Zoom

What it is about: How do we make our science courses more inclusive to students with various social identities? Participants will explore relevant science education research literature in more depth and develop greater understanding of effective and inclusive teaching practices, and learn more about the methods used in education research. Faculty, graduate students, and postdocs are welcome to participate! 

While journal club meetings will be online, we will host monthly in-person outdoor Happy Hours (4:30-5:30 pm, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3) where we can all build community while sharing some snacks and drinks. 


We’re looking for facilitators! Want to facilitate? It’s a great way to motivate yourself to read a key paper; no need to be an expert on the subject or the paper – just be willing to summarize methods, key results, and implications, while fostering discussion around these. Here is a list of papers you can choose from, or select your own!

 SIGN up to facilitate discussion here


  • January 31- Manisha Chase will present “A Critical Assessment: Student-Centered Assessment Practice”
  • February 14- Mahtash Esfandiari, Senior Lecturer in Statistics, and Shiyu Ji, Graduate Student, will present “Theoretical Models and Strategies for Helping Math and Statistics Instructors Evaluate Active Learning, Generation of knowledge, and Metacognition”
  • February 28- Jess Gregg, CEILS Associate Director for Educational Development, will present “Specifications Grading” Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time”
  • March 6- UPLIFT Postdoctoral Scholars will present “Implementation and Assessment of an Undergraduate Research Seminar”
  • March 13- Scientific Teaching Scholars Seminar Speaker, Nic Voge, Senior Associate Director in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University, will present “Rethinking Grading: Designing Grading Practices to Promote Intrinsic Motivation, Equity, and Rigor in our Courses”.
  • October 18 – Siobhan Braybrook, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, will present Diversity/Inclusion- Based Topic
  • October 25 – Anju Relan, Adjunct Professor in School of Medicine & Tara Vijayan, Clinical Faculty in Infectious Disease, will present Team-Based Learning: Outcomes of a Modified Approach to teach Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • November 1 – Jess Schnitka, Doctoral Student in Department of Education, will present What Does it Mean to be Culturally Responsive while Teaching Statistics and Research Methodology?
  • November 8 – Jennifer Casey, Assistant Adjunct Professor in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will present The Implementation of Application-Based Science Education Videos in an Undergraduate General Chemistry Laboratory for Life Science Majors
  • November 15 – Jeff Maloy, Academic Administrator in Life Science Core, will present M-LoCUS: A scalable intervention enhances growth mindset and internal locus of control in undergraduate students in STEM
  • November 22 – Benjamin Ha, PhD Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will present Student use drawing activities as a study tool, but what do they draw from them academically?
  • December 6 – Jessica Cleeves, Associate Director of Equitable Instruction and Clinical Support, University of Utah Center for Science and Mathematics Education, Topic: Practicing Into Inclusion: Utilizing a Learning Assistant Pedagogy Course to Explore and Address Impacts of Structural Oppression on Learning

Past Journal Club Presentations:

MORE INFO: View the STEM Education Research Journal Club event page for more details.