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Bill Wood Graduate Talk Award

This award honors Bill Wood’s many contributions to the initiation and support of the discipline of Biology Education Research, and long-time encouragement and training of students in both science and science education. This award is open to all graduate students who are first authors on an abstract submitted for a talk at SABER. The Abstract Committee reviews all abstracts submitted and selects those to be presented as short talks at the SABER meeting using the published evaluation criteria. The Bill Wood Award Committee then attends each graduate student first-authored short talk at the meeting and selects the winners. Winners are presented a monetary award sponsored by Pearson. We thank Pearson for their generosity!

2023 Award Winners

Graduate Student Talks

Jacob Woodbury, Washington State University

Does Term-Based Learning in Biochemistry Result in Performance Gaps?



Julia Mellary, University of Guelph

Unpacking How Past Educational Experiences Influence Instructional Beliefs & Practice


Undergraduate & Graduate Student Posters

Rachel Youngblood, Auburn University

Exposure to counterstereotypical scientific role models impacts how students relate to scientists



Marie Ramirez, Cornell University

Undergraduate Research Experiences: Exploring Student Science Identity and Possible Self Formation


2021 Winners

Krista Donis, Florida International University

Influence of Social Supports for Learning Assistants and Faculty on Student Engagement in Active Learning In-person STEM Classes



Angela Google, Middle Tennessee State University

Isolation, Resilience, and Faith: Experiences of Black Christian Students in Biology Graduate Programs

Tatiane Russo-Tait, University of Texas at Austin

Science Faculty’s Conceptions of Equity and Their Relationship to Teaching Practices


2019 Winners


Amanda Sebesta - Saint Louis University                        Alex Paine - University of Colorado Boulder

Each awarded $375, generously sponsored by Pearson Publishing.

2018 Winners

Miranda Chen - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Paul Le - University of Colorado Denver

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