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October 5th-7th Miranda heads out to Tempe, AZ to give an invited talk at the Biomathematics, Ecology, and Education Research (BEER) Conference. She presented “Tech and anxiety: How can technology be a tool for teaching quantitative biology?”

September 27, 2018 – Margaurete and colleagues facilitate the Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER) Big Orange STEM Saturday booth for teachers!


August 5th-10th, 2018Margaurete presents student anxiety research “PASS: Persistence, Anxiety, and Student Success in Introductory Biology” at ESA Inspire Session “Expanding Ecology: Your ESA Sections and Chapters Focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”


July 26th-29th, 2018Beth, Ben, Miranda, and Margaurete were at SABER presenting their work! 

Congratulations to Miranda for achieving The Bill Wood Graduate Student Talk award for “Stuck in the middle again: Investigating teaching and research anxieties in biology graduate teaching assistants”

Beth and Ben gave a long talk at SABER: “A Multi-Year Study of Student Anxiety in Introductory Biology Classrooms”, documenting three years of student anxiety research. 

Beth discusses her poster “Considering Coping: Different Student Coping Strategies for Different Active Learning Practices”

Margaurete and her poster “A Tale of Two Assessments: A Case Study of Instructor Assessments in an Introductory Biology Classroom”

June 17th-22nd, 2018 – Beth and Co-PIs are off to lead the BioTAP Meeting for Cohort 2 in Columbus, Ohio!

June 15th, 2018After 3.25 hours of discussion, Miranda has successfully completed her comprehensive exams! Congratulations PhD Candidate!

May 30th, 2018 – Celebrating the end of the semester with gourmet snow cones!

May 9th, 2018Congratulations to Margaurete for receiving the Blakely Award in Science Communication from the Society for Technical Communication – East Tennessee Chapter!


April 17th, 2018Congratulations to Miranda for receiving the Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Community Service! You can read about her here.


April 10th, 2018Congratulations to Miranda for receiving the Shipley-Swann Graduate Fellowship 2018-19! By receiving this fellowship, Miranda is being recognized as one of the most promising graduate and professional students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


April 4th, 2018 Congratulations to Beth for her receiving the 2018 Graduate Research Mentor of the Year Award from the Graduate Student Senate (GSS)!


March 1st, 2018 – Miranda presented her work entitled “The PhD Panic: Examining the drivers and impacts of graduate teaching assistant (GTA) teaching anxiety” at the 3rd Annual Women in STEM Symposium at UTK.


February 16th, 2018Margaurete presented a lightning talk of her work entitled, “Differential anxiety for female student in introductory Biology classrooms” to the EEB Department and new recruits!


December 28th, 2017Congratulations to Miranda and her co-authors for publishing their review paper Technology as a tool in teaching quantitative biology at the secondary and undergraduate levels: a review” in Letters in Biomathematics!


December 11th, 2017 –  After a long semester, the Schussler Lab celebrated with dinner, games, and a Breakout room activity!


December 1st, 2017Congratulations to Miranda, Ben, and co-author Michael Van Nuland, for being accepted to publish “Bringing plants and soils to life through a simple role-playing activity” in the American Biology Teacher!


November 9-12th, 2017 Ben presents his work entitled “Anxiety, Active Learning, and Alientation: Potential Impacts on Student Persistence and Success” at NABT in St. Louis, Missouri!


August 7-12th, 2017Margaurete presents work on undergraduate active learning anxiety at ESA in Portland!

July 21st-23rd, 2017 – The Schussler lab presents our current work at SABER 2017 in Minneapolis!

England, E, E Schussler, J Brigati. 2017. Active Learning, Anxiety, and Alienation: Potential Impacts on Student Persistence and Success.

Chen, M, E Schussler. 2017. The PhD Panic: Examining the Factors and Impacts of Teaching Anxiety in Biology Graduate Students.

Romero, M, B England, E Schussler, J Brigati. 2017. Active Learning as a Source of Differential Anxiety for Female and Underrepresented Students in Introductory Biology Courses.

Schussler, E, G Gardner, G Marbach-Ad, K Miller, J Ridgway. 2017. Networking for Change: Assessing the Capacity for Research on Graduate Student Teaching Professional Development.


July 9-13, 2017Miranda presents her work on graduate student teaching anxiety at the Gordon Research Conference in Massachusetts!

Chen, M, E Schussler. 2017. The PhD Panic: Examining the Factors and Impacts of Teaching Anxiety in Biology Graduate Students. Poster presentation.

June 2017Beth and Miranda head to Wisconsin to meet the first cohort of BioTAP Scholars!

May 23rd, 2017The Schussler lab goes to the Knoxville Zoo for semester-end social! (Can you spot the red panda?)

Ma 18th, 2017Miranda presents her work on graduate student anxiety in Strong Hall, University of Tennessee.

December 2nd, 2016Ending the year with a lab social at the Sunsphere.

November 2016 – The lab presented in UTK’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Symposium: Re- Imagine Teaching! 


August 2016 – Welcoming Margaurete Romero to the lab group! She will be starting her work on a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with an emphasis on Biology Education research.

July 2016 – Schussler lab heads to SABER!


July 2016 – The BioTAP Steering Committee had a great time meeting in Minneapolis before SABER!



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