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.

2023 SABER Annual Meeting

July 20-23 in Minneapolis, MN. 

Event website

Upcoming Events & Announcements

2023 SABER-SBF Grant Program

SABER and The SimBio Foundation (SBF) are happy to announce the inaugural year of a new source of funding for Biology Education Research. The Foundation provides small grants each year to investigators with ideas for making biology education more effective. The Foundation is particularly interested in new ideas that may need preliminary results before looking for larger funding sources. Applications will be accepted from April 1 – April 15, 2023. Please see their website for more information.

2023 X-DBER Virtual Conference

April 3-5, 2023

X-DBER 2023 conference registration will be open through Mar 27, 8am central time. To register, visit https://scimath-portal.unl.edu/.

We are introducing a new registration system for this event. Upon visiting the registration portal, you will be asked to create an account and verify your email address. After completing these two steps, you can proceed to Upcoming Events and click on the X-DBER 2023 registration.

We will be charging a registration fee to help offset conference expenses: $40 for faculty and $20 for students.  Please note that we also have fee waivers available as needed.

Event website

Spring 2023 SABER Seminar Series

Series website


Katelyn Cooper won an APS New Investigator Award!

Katelyn Cooper was awarded the 2022 Teacher Section New Investigator award by the American Physiological Society for her work on understanding the relationship between biology learning environments and undergraduate mental health. Congratulations on the award!

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.

Executive Committee Updates

The Executive Committee provides regular updates to the membership about their activities.  You can find all of these reports here.

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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