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The Immersive Science Learning Environments Lab at Washington State University is recruiting graduate students interested in Biology Education Research for Fall 2019!  The lab studies the integration of scientific practices (with a particular focus on construction and critique of argument) as tools to build understanding of biology concepts.

We are currently funded through NSF to study the integration of an arguing-to-learn approach in a Large-lecture biology course –introductory cell biology and genetics. (

As such, we seek students interested in:

  • Examining materials and pedagogical structures (supporting content, reasoning, and norms of interaction) for integrating primary data into large lecture biology.
  • Exploring the relationship between pedagogical structures and productive student-student talk in large lecture biology.
  • Developing profiles of student-student argumentative interactions.

The lab is affiliated with the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Teaching & Learning. These multiple affiliations allow graduate students easy access to graduate coursework in the Biological Sciences (including lab rotations), Science Education, Educational Psychology, and Educational Statistics, Assessment, and Measurement. This also allows students access to two different graduate degrees (a Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) focused graduate program through the School of Biological Sciences or a graduate program in Science Education through the College of Education.

Stipend, tuition waver, and benefits are available for qualified applicants.


If you are interested in a productive student experience, tackling applied problems in the field of education, please contact:

Dr. Andy Cavagnetto at or (509) 335-6391.

To learn more about doctoral programs for biology/science education at WSU, please visit the following websites:

Information about the application process is available at:  (MS or PhD program in Biology) Applications for fall are due January 10th, 2019. (PhD program in Science Education) The application deadline for fall term is June 1; for spring term, October 15.