The RESIST Lab considers graduate students who are fascinated by learning processes and how instruction can support learning in post-secondary science classrooms. Graduate students mentored in the RESIST Lab conduct educational research that seeks to answer research questions related to the learning of biological processes, mechanisms, and phenomena.If these topics sound interesting to an applicant, s/he should also consider that I expect graduate students to be:
Intellectually curious about mechanisms of learning and how instruction can support them.
Open-minded and willing to change their views on teaching, learning, and science in general, given convincing evidence.
Self-starting and proactive in reading the literature and devising their own research questions.
Willing to contribute to a fun, supportive, and productive learning environment within our lab group.
Graduate students in the RESIST Lab can seek degrees in either the School of Biological Sciences (MS or PhD) or the School of Teaching & Learning (EdD). These degrees do not grant a teaching credential; rather, they are research-based degree options. Master's students' work is expected to display sufficient scientific rigor for at least one publication, while doctoral students' works are expected to yield 2-4 peer-reviewed publications that substantially contribute to our collective understanding of science learning.
Undergraduates are welcome to join the RESIST Lab if they are interested in any area of the research being conducted in the lab. Undergraduates may begin involvement as volunteers, as students obtaining research or independent study credit, or as paid research assistants. If a student elects to complete his/her undergraduate degree through the School of Biological Sciences’ Thesis Option
, I am happy to advise his/her thesis. Undergraduate theses originating in my lab are expected to be of sufficient scientific rigor to be presented as a poster at a professional symposium or yield one publication.