A West Virginia University professor who for years has been part of the national movement to improve science education has been honored by the National Academies for her contribution in mentoring.

Michelle Withers, associate professor of biology, has been named a National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences for her service as a facilitator at the National Academies Northstar Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology held this year in Minnesota.

Teams from 23 research universities from across the country participated in this year’s institute designed to enhance undergraduate education through emphasizing active learning, assessment and diversity. Participants went on to implement activities from the institute in their classes this school year.

The teaching techniques are designed to more effectively prepare future scientists and scientifically literate citizens. The summer institute program’s more than 300 alumni have taught more than 100,000 students annually.

Read more about Withers’ work online: http://wvumag.wvu.edu/a-year-of-women-in-stem/michelle-withers



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