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

Links to and recordings of the 7-part virtual series STRIVING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN ACADEMIC BIOLOGY here.

An exploratory investigation of the experiences of Black immigrant women in undergraduate STEM (seminar). Meseret Hailu & Brooke Coley. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2 pm central.

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

Invited Speaker Committee Needs Members

The SABER Invited Speaker for National Meeting Committee is seeking new members for a 2-year term starting in October of 2020.  The Invited Speaker committee is charged with choosing and securing the keynote speaker for the SABER national meeting.  The committee strives to represent the interests, needs, and diversity of the SABER community in the selection of the keynote speaker and is looking forward to bringing in new members and perspectives to help in this important work.

Committee member expectations:

  • Attend ~3 synchronous planning meetings in the fall to gather input from the SABER community and explore and discuss possible speakers (total time commitment of ~10 hrs)

  • Conduct asynchronous work including drafting surveys and analyzing the results and researching potential speakers to inform committee discussions.

  • Attend 1 synchronous meeting with the speaker in preparation for the annual SABER meeting

Interested SABER members should send a short paragraph of interest to Stephanie Gardner (sgardne@purdue.edu) by October 15.  In this paragraph please address the following questions:

  • Why do you want to serve on the committee?

  • What would you bring to the committee?


Rebeka Greenall received an NSF GRFP award for her biology education research!

Rebeka Greenall, a graduate student at Brigham Young University, was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her research on ways to effectively integrate the identities and values of indigenous peoples into biology curricula in the hopes of increasing their representation and belonging in scienceCongratulations to Rebeka Greenall!

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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