Professor After Hours: Sarah Brownell

Event Date: 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Via Zoom

Engage in lively conversations with renowned faculty. Learn about their research and college experiences as they candidly share the ups and downs and life lessons they have learned.

Sara Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education. As a science faculty member with education specialty, she uses both qualitative and quantitative data to better understand how undergraduate biology students learn and how instructors can develop more effective ways to teach.

Sara's interests in undergraduate biology education are broad, but her current work focuses on three main avenues. She investigates the impact of undergraduate research experiences on students, specifically students enrolled in course-based research experiences. She develops a programmatic assessment for biology majors that focuses on the core concepts of biology. She also explores issues related to access and inclusion in undergraduate biology, specifically the experiences of women, religious students, LGBTQ+ students, and transfer students.