What does the Cooper Biology Education Research Lab study?

The Cooper Biology Education Research Lab focuses on understanding how to create a more diverse and equitable scientific community. Primarily, we identify how to make undergraduate biology education more inclusive by exploring the experiences of students with different identities and characteristics in different biology learning environments such as active learning courses, online courses, and undergraduate research.

Undergraduates enter the biology classroom and biology labs with many different identities (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity, college generation status, LGBTQ+), and characteristics (e.g. levels of anxiety and depression, transfer status). These identities and characteristics can affect students' experiences in science and ultimately their success in college. The goal of our lab is to understand how to maximize all students' success in biology and in college, not just the success of students in majority groups.