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March 2021 – Maryrose receives an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – much celebration ensued!

March 2021 – Maryrose publishes an Essay in CBE LSE – her first publication!

March 2021 – Beth gives one of the keynote talks at the X-DBER 2021 conference, hosted by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Spring 2021 – Beth gives seminars “at” University of Minnesota and the University of Kentucky

March 2021 – Hope finally gets the sweetest puppy!

Fall 2020 – Beth “goes to” UC-Irvine and Colorado to talk about student anxiety and instructor support

October 2020 – BioTAP hosts their THIRD virtual conference – an idea truly ahead of its time…

September 2020 – Miranda and Matt welcome little Samuel to their world!

September 18, 2020 – Beth is “at” the University of Colorado presenting her and her colleagues’ work on anxiety in introductory biology students

August 2020 – Hope Ferguson joins the Schussler Lab! A virtual welcome to Hope!

July 24, 2020 – Schussler lab presents their work on student perceptions of instructor support at the SABER 2020 Virtual Conference

June 26, 2020 – Miranda Chen Musgrove easily and cheerfully defends her dissertation. Congrats, Miranda!

June 2020 – Julie Wienhold makes her appearance in the world! Congrats Caroline and Mark!

December 5th, 2019 – Congratulations, Beth, on receiving the James R. and Nell W. Cunningham Outstanding Teaching Award!

November 2019 – Maryrose joins the Schussler lab! Welcome, Maryrose!

October 30th, 2019 – Beth goes to the Danforth Plant Science Center to give a talk plant blindness!

August 11-16th – Beth goes to Louisville, Kentucky to present at an Organized Oral Session (OOS) at ESA 2019!

August 2019  Congratulations to Ben for his new faculty position at Saint Louis University, Missouri! We’ll miss you! 

July 25-28th, 2019 –  Schussler lab hit the air to fly Minneapolis for SABER 2019 to present their most recent research! 

June 22 – 28th, 2019 –  Miranda and Beth visited Maine to present at the Gordon Research Seminar and Gordon Research Conference 2019! 

June 11th, 2019 –  Some great team building in the Schussler Lab! The Runaway Train was no match for our lab!


May 23rd, 2019 – Congratulations to Ben, Jennifer, Beth, and Miranda on their recent publication in the CBE-LSE entitled, “Student anxiety and perception of difficulty impact performance and persistence in Introductory Biology Courses.” You can read our work here!

May 13-16th – Beth, Caroline, and Miranda help to facilitate the second Mobile Summer Institute (MOSI) at the University of Tennessee, for 24 new participants interested in reforming their pedagogy!

May 2nd, 2019 – Beth hits the road again to give a seminar on Student Anxiety at Portland State University.

April 16th, 2019 Congratulations to Chloe Lash (EEB colleague) and Miranda for receiving the 2019 Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise! The citation is awarded to graduate students for professional promise in teaching, research, or other contributions.

April 12th, 2019 Congratulations to Miranda for receiving the 2019 Yates Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School and the Carolyn W. Fite Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement! The Yates Graduate Fellowship Endowment was established in June 2000 to encourage, recognize, and support outstanding graduate students.

April 8, 2019Caroline, Ben, Miranda, Brianna, and Beth presented at the first Teaching and Learning Innovation (TLI) Conference at UT!

April 5-6th, 2019Ben presented at the iEMBER (Inclusive Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research) Conference, entitled “Student Anxiety and Identity Affect Student Performance in Introductory Biology” and took home the award for Best Lightning Talk! Congratulations Ben!

April 5th, 2019 Congratulations to Miranda for receiving the 2019 Excellence in Graduate Research Award from the Graduate Student Senate (GSS)!

April 3-5th, 2019Beth traveled to ASCM’s Transforming Institutions Conference and co-presented “The Biology Teaching Assistant Project: Theory of Change for a Network.”

March 27th, 2019Beth presented at the Biology Departmental Seminar Series at the University of Memphis with “The struggle is real: How anxiety impacts introductory Biology students.”

March 26th, 2019Invited by the Knoxville Garden Club, Beth presented on her plant-blindness work, entitled “Helping people see plants in a plant-blind world.” 

March 14-15, 2019Margaurete went to ComSciConATL in Atlanta, Georgia! What a great conference to meet with other STEM students in the Southeast to work on science communication skills! 


March 8-10, 2019Beth presented a workshop at the Biology Leadership Conference presenting on “Why Student Anxiety Matters in Introductory Biology” in Henderson, Nevada!

March 2019- Congratulations to Margaurete and Beth for their Student-Faculty Research Award from the Graduate School! This Award will fund a project observing STEM graduate student research identities and their participation in outreach. 

February 22, 2019Miranda gave a Lightning Talk “Stuck in the Middle: Teaching and Research Anxieties in Biology Graduate Teaching Assistants” at the Recruitment Weekend for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

January 2019Congratulations to Jennifer, Ben, and Beth on their recent publication in the Journal of Science College Teaching entitled: “It’s not just for points: Teacher justification and student perception about active learning”!

December 1st-4th, 2018 In collaboration with the Career Center, Miranda hits the Peach State to present her research on non-academic career pursuits of graduate students at SoACE 2018.

November 16th, 2018Ben and Beth delivered a talk, “Investigating the impacts of student anxiety in introductory biology at UT” at a CURENT seminar for the engineering department at UT. This seminar series invites talks that would be of interest to STEM graduate students.

November 8th-11th, 2018Ben delivered a talk at the annual NABT conference in San Diego, CA in November 2018. His talk, “Student anxiety varies among demographic groups and impacts persistence in introductory biology courses” was 1 of 6 talks accepted into the Higher Education Research Symposium portion of the conference.

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 being awarded the Bill Wood Graduate Student Talk award on her talk, “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!