Are you interested in incorporating more real data into your undergraduate courses? Natural history collections have been digitizing (the process of converting information into a digital format) their holdings and making them available online, creating a vast resource for biodiversity data that educators can access!

Apply now to join the 2017 “Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate Education” Faculty Mentoring Network. Participants will be introduced to new materials and modules that address fundamental biological principles using real biodiversity collections data. Accepted applicants will participate in virtual sessions and a two-day workshop (held on May 24-25, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida), and continue to collaborate and receive mentoring online as they customize and implement activities in their own classrooms.

This opportunity is part of a collaboration among iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections), QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis), Kurator, AIM-UP! (Advancing Integration of Museum into Undergraduate Programs), and BLUE (Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education).

Applications are due February 6, 2017. Please visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/nhc_fmn to apply and for additional information about requirements, expectations, and funding opportunities.

If you have questions please contact Molly Phillips (mphillips@flmnh.ufl.edu) or Anna Monfils (monfi1ak@cmich.edu).