Many of us have been there: you’ve attended seminars and workshops focused on transforming the way you teach, and you can’t wait to use what you’ve learned. However, examining the evidence behind evidence-based teaching and actually using the evidence-based teaching methods are very different beasts. If you aren’t quite sure how to incorporate active learning techniques into your classroom, consider applying to be a Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) Network Fellow.

The PALM Network was established by GSA, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the American Society for Plant Biologists to spark sustained biology education reform at diverse institutions through one-on-one long-term mentorships for faculty new to approaches based on recommendations from the Vision and Change report. PALM provides faculty and postdoctoral scholars with resources that allow them to gain hands-on experience and long-term mentorship support to bring evidence-based, active learning strategies into their own classrooms. PALM offers up to $2,000 per Fellow; a $500 mentor stipend; and up to $1,000 for network meeting travel (for each Fellow and mentor).

The PALM Fellow application website opens on January 1, 2016; however, you can begin working on your application now! Use the guidelines available at The application deadline is January 15, 2016.

Applicants must:

  • Be or become members of organizations that belong to the PALM Network.
  • Demonstrate an abiding/sustainable interest in undergraduate biology education.
  • Establish a mentor relationship before formally applying.
    • Mentors must be skilled in active learning strategies and evidence-based teaching that align with Vision and Change principles. See
    • Mentors must belong to (or join) one of the PALM Network organizations.
    • Assistance with mentor matching is available (PALM Steering Committee can make recommendations based on geography and specific teaching interests).
  • Explain alternatives if they have no immediate access to their own teaching setting.

Become a Mentor

If you are already skilled in the active learning strategies and evidence-based teaching that align with Vision and Change principles, volunteer to become a mentor! Mentors receive a $500 stipend to help implement effective teaching strategies, as well as network meeting travel support. Be a part of true education reform by becoming a PALM Network Mentor!


Questions? Please email grant PI Sue Wick at or Beth Ruedi at

Funded by NSF Research Coordination Network in Undergraduate Biology Education grant #1539870

National Science Foundation

Beth Ruedi is the Director of Education and Professional Development at GSA; formerly a behavior geneticist and college instructor.

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