STEM Professional Development

BIOL 420: STEM Professional Development

Currently, 20 undergraduate students in biology-related degree programs are enrolled in the course, mentored in groups by the following seven graduate students.


If you are interested in attending the end-of-the-semester poster session to see the results of each groups’ community partnered project, it will take place on December 10, 2019 at the Kansas Union in the fourth floor common area. All are welcome to attend!


The syllabus for Fall 2019 can be found here


Course Instructors:

Karen Olsen, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Bailey Spickler, Mechanical Engineering


Graduate Mentors:

Stephen Baca, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Kayla Clouse, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Jordan Eissner, Geography & Atmospheric Science

Matt Jones, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Amanda Katzer, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Sarah Mullinax, Molecular Biosciences

Sharifu Tusuubira, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Project Clients:

Dr. Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz, KU Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Durand Reiber, Hidden Valley Camp

Dr. Alex Erwin, BioKansas

Rebecca Orozoco, KU Libraries

Paul Thomas, KU Libraries

Eleanor Gardner, KU National History Museum

Invited Guests & Speakers: 

Dr. Alex Erwin, BioKansas

Joanna Pratt, Argentaglobal

Ben Isaacs, Argentaglobal    

Dr. Paul Hime, KU Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Heather Decker, Crititech

Kyle Lickteig, Hills 

Dave Royer, ainstein

Donna Johnson, Pinnacle Technology, Inc.

Tom Patterson, Garmin

D. A. Graham, KU Ombuds Office

Dr. Jeremy Martin, KU Mathematics

Dr. Amy Burgin, KU Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Kathy Denning, KU PREP

Dr. Lena Hileman, KU Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Hannah Kinmonth-Schulz, KU Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Hyunjin Seo, KU School of Journalism & Mass Communications

Dr. Clinton Rice, KU Molecular Biology

Dr. Joy Ward, Associate Dean for Science Research, KU Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 



Dr. Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz and BioKansas’ Dennis Ridenour kicking off the Fall 2018 STEM Professional Development…

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