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August 5th-10th, 2018 – Margaurete 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, 2018 – Beth, 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, 2018 – After 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, 2018 – Congratulations to Margaurete for receiving the Blakely Award in Science Communication from the Society for Technical Communication – East Tennessee Chapter!


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


April 10th, 2018 – Congratulations 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, 2018 – Margaurete 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, 2017 – Congratulations 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, 2017 – Congratulations 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, 2017 – Margaurete 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, 2017 – Miranda 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 2017 – Beth and Miranda head to Wisconsin to meet the first cohort of BioTAP Scholars!

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

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

December 2nd, 2016 – Ending 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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