The BSD PDA has partnered with the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) to offer a full scholarship opportunity to attend the HHMI Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching June 17-21, 2019 at the University of California, San Diego. The Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching are intensive, multi-day workshops that introduce undergraduate STEM faculty and future faculty to the principles of evidence-based teaching. Kiki Zissimopoulos, PhD, Director for Initiatives in STEM Teaching and Learning at the CCT will be co-leading the Summer Institute in San Diego.

To apply for this scholarship, please make note of the following steps:

  • Internal application is due Friday, March 1st by 11:59 pm. Access the internal application here.
  • Applications will be blindly reviewed and scholarship winners will be notified by Monday, March 11th.
  • Full applications to attend the Summer Institute are requested to be submitted by Wednesday, March 20th. 

Up to four full scholarships will be awarded! Please note that this opportunity is only available to BSD Postdoctoral Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows.

If you have any questions, please email Valerie Miller at

More about HHMI Summer Institutes:

The Summer Institutes were founded in 2004 by Professors Jo Handelsman and Bill Wood in response to national calls to improve college science teaching. Since then, over 400 colleges and universities from across the United States have sent over 2,200 STEM instructors and administrators to the institutes. Participants in the Summer Institutes view the experience as a great success and report that it has a lasting impact on their teaching. All Summer Institutes are led by experienced faculty leaders and facilitators and are designed to incorporate contributions from participants in an engaging and intensive format. The Summer Institutes model the scientific teaching principles they promote and support participants in directly applying these principles to the development of teaching materials. The curriculum of the Summer Institutes includes the development of learning objectives, active learning strategies, effective assessments, and inclusive teaching practices. The institutes are generously supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.