Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Yale 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. Yale STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) graduate students, postdocs and associate research scientists are invited to apply. 

Fall 2018 Participants and Instructor

The Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning will next offer the Theory & Pracitce of Scientific Teaching course in Fall 2018. 

Instructor: Beth Morse Luoma
Location: Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning - 301 York Street, Room 120C
Time: Wednesdays, 9-11 AM

Deadline to Apply: August 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: August 22, 2018
First Class: August 29th, 2018
Last Class: November 21st, 2018 

Students are expected to attend all classes. Make up work will be required for students who miss class in order to complete the course. Classes do not meet during fall or spring breaks or other Yale holidays.

Benefits to participants:

  • Training in evidence-based teaching strategies for STEM courses
  • Transcript notation (for graduate students) and C.V. language & certificate (for all who successfully complete the course)
  • Academic professional development (e.g. peer-reviewed teaching statement)
  • Recruitment 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 is in STEM (or closely related) - We recommend physical scientists take PHYS 530 and life scientists take BBS 879 to encounter the most relevant teaching examples, although participants from any STEM discipline will benefit from either course. 
  • You are interested in teaching and in developing your teaching skills
  • (Graduate students only) You have completed at least 1 semester of your required teaching at Yale (N.A. for postdocs)
  • You have approval from your faculty advisor

Participants will:

  • Learn 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 STEM course
  • 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

Spring 2018 Scientific Teaching Course Group of Students working


“I thought I’m just going to a class about how to teach science, but turned out it was the other way around - how to “science” teaching!”

“This was one of the best experiences I had while at Yale.”


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). Missing more than 2 classes will require make-up work to complete the course.


Applications must include the following four items:

1. Contact information and advisor information (Faculty advisors must send an email of support.)

2. Statement about your graduate/postdoctoral research (1000 characters/approx 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 philosophy and/or experience. Include a closing statement addressing what you hope to gain from participating in this program.

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

Application Due Date (Fall 2018 course): August 15, 2018

Primary Contact:

For information regarding BBS 879 (next offered Fall 2018), please contact: Beth Morse Luoma

For information regarding PHYS 530 (next offering date TBD), please contact: Rona Ramos

Find out more:

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

Explore the teaching materials developed by 2016 BBS 879 students.

Spring 2018 Scientific Teaching Students Working