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Workshop in Evolutionary Biology


Status: Ongoing (2012– )


The Workshop in Evolutionary Biology ("Developing Tools to Teach Evolution and Dispel Common Misconceptions") was created to help science educators teach evolution. Teachers learn about what evolution is and what it is not, engage in hands-on exercises, receive curriculum materials and activities for their classrooms, and read and discuss Jerry Coyne's book, Why evolution is True. Attendees participate in seminars about research on evolution by evolutionary biologists and tour research labs on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Outcomes and Opportunities

The Workshop in Evolutionary Biology is held nearly every summer on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and is open to high school biology teachers. Contact Dr. Becky Fuller (fuller at or stay connected with Impact on Science Education to learn about this and other workshop opportunities when they become available! The workshop website also has a list of quality resources to better understand and teach evolution.

Partners and Funding

This workshop is made possible through a collaboration with members of Impact on Science Education and Dr. Becky Fuller and members of her lab. Funding and support is provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Integrative Biology, Department of Animal Biology, The Institute for Genomic Biology, and the National Science Foundation, Award Nos. DEB0953716 and IOS1354934.