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Tessa Andrews

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Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Ph.D.

 Montana State University

Research Interests:

The Andrews Lab specializes in college biology education research. We are trained as both biologists and social scientists and are always recruiting individuals passionate about improving undergraduate STEM education through research. We study how college biology faculty can be best supported to help students learn in undergraduate STEM courses, especially at research institutions. Our research takes a systems approach to studying undergraduate teaching. That means that means that we consider multiple levels and interrelated factors that influences teaching that occurs in college classrooms. We consider cognitive, affective, social, cultural, and structural factors that influence how college instructors teach. Our ultimate goal is to improve learning and diversity in undergraduate STEM, and especially the life sciences.


National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE)

Of note:

Senior Advisor to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Convening about promoting the adoption of evidence-based teaching in colleges and universities
Lilly Teaching Fellow & CTL Innovative Teaching Fellow
Member of the Steering Committee for the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research
Manuscripts selected for Highlights Issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education in 2010 and 2012

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Undergraduate Research in Biology

Undergraduates majoring in biology have the opportunity to enhance their learning through direct participation in research and scholarship. At UGA, these opportunities enable undergraduates to participate in ground-breaking research, often as part of a team of graduate students and faculty. In fact, many students can earn academic credit while working under an experienced faculty mentor by taking BIOL 4960R or working directly with the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). The Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF) has been established to support undergraduate research opportunities in the Division of Biological Sciences within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The Fellowship provides financial assistance to a student who has not had an opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience (paid, volunteer, or for credit) since matriculating to The University of Georgia.