Institute for Biology Education
445 Henry Mall, 1st Floor
Madison, WI 53706 (map)
FAX 608-890-0576

Expanding Pathways Into Science


We're Expanding to Become WISCIENCE!

The Institute for Biology Education is expanding to become WISCIENCE (start out saying Wisconsin and end up saying Science)—the long title is the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement. A few things will change, but rest assured that the programs you care about will not go away and our usual collaborative approach will guide the expansion. 

Our mission has broadened in several key ways:

  1. We have a long history of collaborating across disciplinary boundaries on campus to improve higher education, and our outreach programs have always embraced the whole of science, but this interdisciplinary work has now become part of our official mission. WISCIENCE will engage the campus community across all scientific disciplines in thinking and working with us to advance education and outreach in science.
  2. Historically, the majority of our programs and courses have been designed with the aim of increasing access to science education and careers for students (K-20) from historically underrepresented groups and those with fewer economic or other resources. We are bringing this aspect of our work to the forefront and expanding it as part of the Chancellor’s January 2014 commitment to the White House regarding expanding college opportunity.
  3. A cross-campus task force identified the need for a central office to facilitate coordination of efforts among science outreach programs on campus and grow our overall capacity for effective science outreach. WISCIENCE will become this central entity. In addition to running our own outreach programs, we will work to advance UW–Madison’s science outreach as a whole, facilitate greater engagement among the campus community, and help organizations and individuals beyond campus gain easier access to the entire array of science outreach programs at UW–Madison.

We will continue our work to support first-year undergraduates in the biological sciences; encourage public service, peer leadership, undergraduate research and other beyond-the-classroom learning in science; provide teaching and learning resources (and hopefully a little inspiration) for faculty and instructional staff; train graduate students and postdocs in research mentoring and evidence-based teaching; help K-12 teachers learn more about science and how to teach it hands-on; bring partners together to address larger educational issues; and facilitate the creation of as many after-school science clubs as we possibly can.

Thank you to the UW–Madison community for your support during our transition, and please let us know what you think!

Get Involved in the BioCommons!

The Institute for Biology Education, Steenbock Library, and the Office of Undergraduate Advising are creating a collaborative, cross-campus community and learning space for the biological sciences. Learn more here

WISCIENCE provides a central source of information and support for people who want to make the most of all UW–Madison has to offer in the sciences, whether they're interested in pursuing a degree themselves or helping the next generation of young scientists. There's no limit to the possibilities....

For Bioscience Undergraduates: 
help in exploring biology on campus, making a good start, and getting involved beyond the classroom 

For University Educators:
support for innovative teaching through consultation, resources,  programs, and learning communities

For Pre-College Students:
hands-on science experiences and opportunities to learn more about college and careers
For K-12 Educators:
opportunities to learn more about science and the best ways to help students connect to it 

Contact us or visit in person:
608-265-2600 • biology@biology.wisc.edu • 445 Henry Mall • Madison, WI  53706 • interactive map

WISCIENCE encourages whole-person, whole-life learning in science—learning that goes beyond the boundaries of any classroom or campus. This requires innovative programs, resources, and collaborations that help sharpen the tools for scientific inquiry while connecting them with real-world situations. Innovative excellence in science education not only improves the practice of science, it also contributes to a more informed and active citizenry and a flourishing planet.