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May, 2022

Motivation in Reading Primary Scientific Literature: a questionnaire to assess student purpose and efficacy in reading disciplinary literature is finally published!  This paper was a journey!

Download the PDF here: Motivation in Reading Primary Scientific Literature a questionnaire to assess student purpose and efficacy in reading disciplinary literature


April, 2022

Melissa presents on the research collaboration with Min, Cerrone, and Miriam related to how we can measure students behaviors (e.g. motivation, implementing expert-like strategies) as students learn to read primary scientific literature. Thank you to FALCoN, the Faculty Learning Community oNIST (National Institute on Scientific Teaching) for the invitation.

March, 2022

The undergraduate professional development (senior seminar) curriculum paper is published!

Download the PDF here: jmbe.00346-21

JMBE paper

November 2021

Cathy wins a FIU Women’s Explorer Award!  Congratulations, Cathy!


June 2021

Kyriaki, MJ, and Kassandra have their work on the 5CCs in introductory Biology courses published!

Download the PDF here: jmbe.00105-21


March 2021

Melissa presents the data from the Bioscience paper on the Fairchild Garden tours  as part of the FIU Plant Talk Series.

February 2021

Our paper on using the 5 Core Concepts of Biology to help students understand primary scientific literature is finally published!

Download the PDF here: Exploring PSL through the lens of 5CCs


November 2020

Mainlyng presents her summer research at the Virtual McNair conference


October 2020 Faculty Convocation Keynote Speaker

Melissa delivers the Keynote Address at the FIU 2020 Faculty Convocation (starts at 35 minutes in)


October 2020 Plant paper

Jessica, Simone, Ateev, and Melissa (finally!!!!!) publish our work on measuring, and working to alleviate, “plant blindness” in undergraduate biology students.

Download the PDF here: biaa089


July 2020 SABER

Kyriaki and Melissa present at the 2020 SABER Virtual meeting


July 2020

Eva and Kyriaki publish their paper on Sense of Belonging in a Biology Department.  Our first lab CBE paper!

Download the PDF here: cbe.19-09-0166


March 2020

On the eve of quarantine, the FIU Biology-Ecology-Botany-Research Integrity-Journalism team places second in our Bowling league


February 2020

Mainlyng presents as a McNair Scholar in Orlando, FL


February 2020

Melissa, Jessica, Kiana, and Amy host the “Alleviating Plant Blindness in Undergraduates” workshop at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.


February 2020

Melissa hosts Dr. Bruce Alberts as the 2020 Glaser Seminar Series Distinguished Speaker.

It was an honor to be able to share my mentor with FIU (and to tell stories while introducing him!)

January 2020

Kyriaki presents in Mumbai, India, at epiSTEME: A Conference Series to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education

Kyriaki epiSTEM

December 2019

Lab breakfast at IHOP, celebrating a successful semester.

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December 2019

Three graduates this semester!  Congratulations and best of luck to Amy, Kiana, and Idara!  We are proud of you and cheering you on to your next steps!

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October 2019

Our lab had a HUGE presence at the McNair undergrad research conference!!  Kiana, Amy, Hannah, Idara, Laura, Enza, Mainlyng, Kassandra, and Ruben all presented posters.


** getting closer to my dream of someday having a picture of everyone at once! **

Here are 8 out of 18 people currently in the lab, 44%…almost halfway there!!!


October 2019

Mainlyng presents at the STEM Transformation Institute weekly lunch seminar series


October 2019

Kyriaki presents at the National CIRTL Forum in Philadelphia

Kyriaki CIRTL

October 2019

Melissa speaks at ComSciCom Miami on how to explain a scientific paper in 120 words.


September 2019

Kiana presents at the McNair Symposium (and so does honorary lab member Rose)


September 2019

Tessy’s paper is published!

Providing Transferable, Professional Skills for the Next Generation of Scientific Professionals through an Outreach Opportunity

July 2019

The lab travels to the SABER (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research) annual meeting with SIX posters!  Special guest: John Geiger

We were also included on a poster with Mary Washburn and Miriam Segura-Totten  at the University of North Georgia…our first official collaboration!

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June 2019

Simone wins a Young Botanist award!

(celebratory lunch included)



April 2019

Chelsey and M.J graduate!!!  Congratulations!

(complete with a celebratory breakfast)




April 2019

Melissa gives a presentation on what we are doing in the lab at the FIU Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) seminar series


April 2019

Amy, Kiana, and Chelsey present their research at the FIU undergraduate research conference.


February 2019

Kiana, Simone, Ateev, and Rose (honorary lab member) presented their research at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) conference in Washington, DC.


February 2019

Matt’s PLOS Biology paper is featured on The Node: a community site for and by developmental biologists:


February 2019

Kiana is accepted as a McNair Fellow for 2019-2020!


January 2019

Matt’s first paper is published in PLOS Biology!


December 2018

Melissa presents on how to include primary literature into your course as part of the American Society of Cell Biology’s annual meeting.


November 2018

Nick presents his first poster at the FIU Learning Assistants Conference.  Nice work Nick!

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November 2018

Simone and Chaz receive McNair Fellow awards for their summer research projects



November 2018

Melissa gave a seminar to the Biology Department highlighting research done by Eva, Matt, Kyriaki, Chelsey, Kiana, and Amy.

October 2018

Good bye and good luck to Matt!

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October 2018

FIVE undergraduates in the lab presented at the 2018 FIU McNair conference!

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Amy’s first poster!

Chaz McNair

I can’t keep track of how many posters Chaz has done.  He is a pro!

Chelsey McNair

Chelsey’s first poster!

Kiana McNair

Kiana’s first poster (and right before a big orgo exam)!

Simone McNair

Simone’s first McNair poster!

August 2018

Welcome, Kyriaki!  We are happy you are here at FIU!


July 2018

We had three posters and two talks at the 2018 SABER conference.  Matt was a champ helping out with them all!


July 2018

Eva’s paper is published!  download PDF


July 2018

Eva is going back to Sweden, but not without some cake first. Good luck Eva!  We will miss you!


June 2018

Eva’s paper is accepted!  Go Eva!

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May 2018

Our lab has FIVE abstracts accepted to the 2018 SABER biology education conference!

April 2018

Chris presents his research at the FIU Faculty Innovations for Student Success Showcase

chris poster

Chaz presents his research at the FIU STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium

chaz poster

March 2018

Our first paper as a lab is PUBLISHED!!!!!!!!


February 2018

Chaz and MJ present their research at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, DC

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October 2017

Chaz and MJ present their research at the FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference

MJ at the poster session!

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