Preliminary Application to Participate in Grant Project: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research via the POGIL Community ("DBER Project")
The POGIL Project is pleased to announce an opportunity for POGIL educators to build their expertise in Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER). This National Science Foundation sponsored project (pending final approval) will allow participants to contribute to deepening the understanding of how POGIL pedagogy supports student learning. The centerpiece of this project is a four-day working conference in June 2020 that encompasses DBER research methods and literature foundation, research question development, and design of a specific research project. The conference is preceded by preparatory virtual meetings. The research project is engaged during the following academic year, culminating in presentation at the 2021 National Conference for Advanced POGIL Practitioners (NCAPP).

Prerequisites:
- Applicants must be experienced POGIL practitioners who have used POGIL in their classrooms for at least two years.
- Applicants must be early or mid-career faculty engaged in undergraduate teaching, who have little formal training in Discipline-Based Education Research.
-Applicants must have a desire to position themselves to contribute now and in the future to building our research understanding of how student-centered pedagogies like POGIL improve student outcomes.

Process and Timeline:
The application process consists of two parts:
(1) A preliminary application (the Google form below) completed by December 12, 2019. This preliminary application will allow the research team to check for prerequisite requirements of all applicants. All qualified applicants will be invited to complete the second part of the application.

(2) A free-response section that outlines interests and motivation to participate in the program. An academic CV will also be included with the free response part of the application. This part of the application will be due in mid January 2020. Applications will be reviewed by The POGIL Project leadership and applicants will be informed of the decisions by the end of January 2020.

Additional information can be found at: https://pogil.org/discipline-based-education-research-dber
Please contact Julie Boldizar at julie.boldizar@pogil.org if you have any additional questions.
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