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Join the 2024 SCST Virtual Poster Symposium

Where: Online using Gather, a virtual world and meeting platform

Before the event: View the video Getting Started with Gather or the written Getting Started with Gather before joining if you have time. Use a computer (not a phone) with video and audio. Chrome browser preferred.

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Troubleshooting. Try the Audio/Visual help section first.

How to attend: Use the button below when it’s time to join.

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2024 Election Results

Congratulations to our newest board members.

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Stephanie Gutzler (Georgia State University)
  • Councilor-at-large: Emily Faulconer (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus
  • National Membership Chair: Emily Mills Ko (California Northstate University College of Health Sciences)

View the 2023 SCST Virtual Symposium Posters

Posters and abstracts from the 2023 SCST Virtual Symposium are still available for viewing.

Use a computer rather than a phone. Chrome browser preferred. View the quick Guest Guide to Gather for technical help.


Congrats, Emily Faulconer!

Congratulations to the 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA) winner, Dr. Emily Faulconer of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus

Dr. Faulconer gave the Marjorie Gardner Lecture, Community in the Online Science Classroom, at the 2023 SCST National Meeting in Atlanta.

2023 Newsletter

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2022 Virtual Poster Session and Social

On 04/23/22, SCST hosted a virtual poster session showcasing faculty science teaching research and implementation as well as giving undergraduates a platform to present for a national organization

You can still view the posters and abstracts on a computer by clicking the button below.

Why Grading is More Important than Teaching

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A Collection of Great College Science Teaching Ideas from the Society of College Science Teachers Blog

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Posing Questions for Class Discussion

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Using Science Fiction to Teach Science

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Teaching Science to American Students

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How to Increase Your SOTL Publication Citation Rates

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How Much Math Should I Use in My Science 101 Course?

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Best Practices for Teaching with Images in Class

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Finding the Best Images for My PPT-based Lectures

Aren't you abundantly thankful—fellow science professor--that you don’t teach accounting or finance classes? Those are fine disciplines, we’re sure. However, they don’t have nearly the array of inspiring nature-based images available for teaching that we have in...

Is it Possible to Motivate Non-Science College Students?

Although we all wish it were otherwise, your students have every reason to assume you’re not really coming to class each day to help them learn or that you will actually follow an obviously organized pathway to get them there. This is due in part to students having...

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