Assistant Professor

Katelyn M. Cooper

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida.  Trained as a discipline-based education researcher, I use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore research questions that relate to making undergraduate biology education more inclusive and understanding the impact of discipline-based education research experiences on undergraduates.

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Student anxiety in active learning classrooms

Increasingly college classrooms are changing from traditional lecture to student-centered active learning. A hallmark of active learning courses is increased numbers of evaluative situations, where a student is judged on their performance in a group, in front of the class, or on an assignment.  This can lead to increased fear of negative evaluation.  I study the construct of fear of negative evaluation in the novel context of active learning classrooms.

2006 - 2010

Arizona State University

B.S. in Biochemistry

Mental health, including depression and anxiety, in undergraduate research experiences

Undergraduate research experiences can be lucrative experiences for students, but if students have negative experiences in undergraduate research, they likely won't persist in science.  I am interested in how we can make these experiences more likely to be successful for students with anxiety and depression.

Course-based undergraduate research experiences in biology education

I have been teaching course-based undergraduate research experiences in biology education and I am interested in identifying how these courses can change student conceptions about evidence-based teaching and the process of doing research.

2013 - 2014

Northern Arizona University

M.A. in Education


Arizona State University

Ph.D. in Biology with a focus in Biology Education

2011 - 2012

University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix

Completed first year medical school coursework

Katelyn Cooper

Department of Biology
University of Central Florida

Cooper Biology Education Research Lab

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