Academic Departments

AIBS connects academic departments with opportunities for students and professionals advancing the field at their institution.  Recent examples include:

Informing Decisions:

  • AIBS publishes and prepares information in print and online that raises awareness of successful programs, current issues, and new reports and recommendations that impact biology education.  Read some representative articles.
  • Faculty, education researchers, representatives from scientific societies and others invested in improving the undergraduate introductory biology experience have come together through the Introductory Biology Project.  Learn more about IBP.

Catalyzing Action:

  • A team of 40 competitively selected Vision and Change Leadership Fellows are working to move institutional reform efforts forward through the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) initiative. Learn more about PULSE and join the conversation.
  • Through interactive workshops, AIBS has trained hundreds of scientists to better communicate their research to the media, and decision-makers.  Learn more.
  • AIBS facilitates the interaction of scientists with Congressional policymakers through two annual events held in Washington, DC and around the nation.  Learn more.
  • The annual Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award provides graduate students with the training and opportunity to participate in science policy.


If your academic department or institution values programs such as these, there are many ways you can support efforts to build and sustain them.  Apply now to become an AIBS member, or donate to become a sponsor of AIBS's community programs division.  Photo Credit: Christina Rega