At University of Georgia, Dr. Julie Stanton occupies a unique tenure-track position where she conducts biology education research as a member of a life science department. The long-term goal of her research program is to use metacognition to enhance student learning in undergraduate biology courses. Specifically, Dr. Stanton’s lab studies undergraduate metacognitive development, and they are working to identify effective ways to accelerate its growth. By providing students with metacognitive training, they also hope to help students become self-regulated learners, which will serve them well beyond their time at the university.
Dr. Stanton is PI and Director of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Undergraduate Biology Education Research (UBER). Each summer UBER brings students from across the country to Athens for a nine-week program focused on research in teaching and learning. Students are paired with faculty mentors from the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Mathematics and Science Education, and Plant Biology.