Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Scientific Teaching Course


The goal of the Yale Scientific Teaching Course is to improve undergraduate science education by training a new generation of scientific teachers to bring the spirit and rigor of research into the undergraduate classroom.

Spring 2017 Scientific Teaching Course participants and instructors.

The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning will offer two Scientific Teaching Courses during the 2017-2018 academic year for graduate students and postdocs at Yale:

Course: PHYS 530: Theory and Practice of Scientific Teaching for Physical Scientists (Fall 2017 noncredit graduate course)
Instructor: Rona Ramos & Kaury Kucera
Location: Science Hill - Room TBD
Time: TBD 

Course: BBS 879: Theory and Practice of Scientific Teaching for Life Scientists (Spring 2018 noncredit graduate course)
Instructors: Beth Morse Luoma & Tracie Addy
Location: Medical School - Room TBD
Time: TBD

*Please check back this summer for updates on 2017-2018 course locations and times and for information about how to apply.*


Benefits to participants:

  • Training in tested and documented teaching strategies for STEM courses
  • Transcript notation (for graduate students) and C.V. language/certificate (for all)
  • Academic professional development (e.g. peer-reviewed teaching statement)
  • Participants are often recruited to teach courses at Yale rooted in evidence-based pedagogy (e.g. BIOL 101-104 intro series)


Yale graduate students and postdocs must meet the following criteria:

  • Your major field of study involves the life or physical sciences
  • You are interested in teaching and in developing your teaching skills
  • You have completed at least 1 semester of your required teaching at Yale (N.A. for postdocs)
  • You have approval from your faculty advisor

What to Expect 

Participants will:

  • Learn teaching evidence-based teaching strategies, including engaging students through active learning, incorporating inclusive teaching practices, and developing effective assessments
  • Apply their knowledge of scientific teaching to develop instructional materials that address a teaching/learning challenge in an undergraduate course in the life or physical sciences
  • Learn skills that are valuable for TA positions, lab mentoring, and an academic career
  • Build a community of scientific teachers that is grounded in peer review and maintains high standards of pedagogy, scientific content, presentation, and creativity


Participants are expected to commit to completing the program to the best of their ability. Some out of class work is required (reading and brief assignments, plus development of teaching materials if not completed during designated class time). Explore the teaching materials developed by 2016 BBS 879 students.


Spring 2017 Course - BBS 879: Theory & Practice of Scientific Teaching for Life Scientists

*The application deadline for the Spring 2017 course has passed (January 4, 2017). Please check back this summer for application information for the Fall 2017 course.*

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Accepted Participants Notified By: Monday, January 9, 2017
Course Begins: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Applications must include the following four items:

1. Contact information and advisor information (Faculty advisors must send an email of support to elizabeth.morse@yale.edu)

2. Statement about your graduate/postdoctoral research (100 words maximum): Include a BRIEF description of your research. This statement should be written for a lay person and should be understandable by first-year college students.

3. Teaching Statement (2 pages maximum): Write a statement about your teaching. Include a closing statement addressing what you hope to gain from participating in this program.

4. Curriculum Vitae: Include research, teaching and mentoring experience.

Primary Contact 

For information regarding PHYS 530, please contact: Rona Ramos or Kaury Kucera

For information regarding BBS 879, please contact: Beth Morse Luoma or Tracie Addy

Are you an alum of our course? Join our Scientific Teaching Course Alumni Group on LinkedIn!