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 here.

Important SABER Dates

Submissions for SABER 2020 workshops and abstracts are open now.  More information is available here.
  • Call for Abstract Reviewers was issued on January 29, 2020. Deadline to volunteer to be a reviewer is February 10th.
  • Call for Abstracts was issued on February 10th 
  • Call for Pre-Conference Workshops was issued on February 10th
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: March 13th 
  • Reviewer assignments given on March 20th
  • Reviewers submit reviews by April 3rd
  • Decisions announced will be announced May 1st

Other events of potential interest to SABER members


Dr. Mary Pat Wenderoth receives Bruce Alberts award from ASCB!

Dr. Mary Pat Wenderoth, co-founder of SABER and Principal Lecturer in the Biology Department of the University of Washington, received the 2019 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education from the American Society for Cell Biology. The award recognizes Mary Pat's many contributions to biology education research and particularly her work in starting and running SABER. Congratulations to Mary Pat!

See past SABER Celebrations here

We are featuring SABER members who have won national 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.

Special Interest Groups

SABER Special Interest groups continue to have a web presence. Read about the Special Interest Groups and get involved 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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