What is SABER?

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) is a scientific community whose members develop theory and generate evidence with the goals of improving post-secondary biology education. SABER fosters discipline-based education research in biology and its dissemination.

Read more about SABER mission, goals, and history.

Upcoming Events

5th Annual SABER West 2021 Conference: held virtually on January 8, 15, and 22.

Interrogating the center of STEM education: Cynthia Bauerle, PhD.  Held on Thursday, January 21, 9am PT/ 10 am MT/ 11 am CT, 12 pm ET 

Join Dr. Bauerle's session through the Zoom link here or see more information on the Flyer

Addressing students' basic needs with a culture of caring during the pandemic: Sara Goldrick-Rab, PhD.  Held on Thursday, February 4, 9am PT/ 10 am MT/ 11 am CT, 12 pm ET 

Join Dr. Goldrick-Rab's session through the Zoom link here or see more information on the Flyer

Find the full list of Spring 2021 Seminars, along with information on how to join each session, HERE.


Sara Brownell is the 2020 LGBTQ+ Educator of the Year!

Sara Brownell was named Educator of the Year by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals "for her combination of research, leadership, and personal commitment to improving science education, especially for underrepresented minorities." Congratulations to Sara Brownell!

See past SABER Celebrations here

We are featuring SABER members who have won national and regional awards and other honors related to undergraduate biology education. Members can anonymously nominate someone on this page. We want to highlight SABER members in all career stages, institution types, etc. Given the broad membership of SABER, we do not highlight local, university-level awards and honors.

Diversity Statement

SABER strives to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive biology education research community. We aim to create and sustain a community that reflects the diversity of stakeholders influenced by biology education research in higher education, in terms of who participates in SABER as an organization, the research context of studies presented at the meeting, and the diversity of the U.S. population. One of the society's core values is that excellence in teaching and research requires a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The society welcomes participation by all individuals including but not limited to age, gender, race/ethnicity, national origin, LGBTQ+ identity, religious identity, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, or disability status. SABER aims to promote diversity and inclusion in all areas of activity, including membership and recruitment, leadership, committees, annual meetings, and focus of research efforts. 

SABER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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