Janet L. Branchaw

Janet L. Branchaw

Janet Branchaw is the Director of the Institute for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She earned her BS in Zoology from Iowa State University and her PhD in Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After completing postdoctoral research training and a lectureship in undergraduate and medical physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Branchaw joined the Institute for Biology Education.  Her scholarship and program development expertise are in the areas of research mentee and mentor professional development and in the development and evaluation of interventions designed to support the success of first-generation, underrepresented minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.  She is the lead author on the Entering Research curriculum and has led two National Science Foundation-funded undergraduate research programs to prepare diverse populations of students for graduate education: a ten-week summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program that hosts students from around the country, and a three-year Undergraduate Research and Mentoring program.  She leads the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded “Foundations for Success in Undergraduate Biology” program.  As the Director of the cross-campus Institute for Biology Education, Dr. Branchaw oversees development of innovative educational programs in educator professional development, K-12, undergraduate and graduate education, and science outreach and community engagement.

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