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Katelyn is a postdoctoral scholar in Sara Brownell's Biology Education Research Lab in the School of Life Sciences and program manager of the LEAP Scholars Program.

Education

Post-doc in Biology Education Research, Arizona State University

PhD in Biology, Arizona State University

MEd in Education, Northern Arizona State University

BS in Biochemistry, Arizona State University

Research Interests

Exploring issues of equity and access in undergraduate biology education

I explore the influence of student characteristics (e.g. gender, anxiety, LGBTQIA status, transfer student status) on student experiences in college biology active learning classrooms.  Additionally, my work explores how students seek and leverage undergraduate research experiences and use course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) to accrue social, cultural, and human capital in undergraduate biology.

Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

15. Cooper KM, Brownell SE, Gormally C. Coming out to the class: Identifying factors that influence college biology instructor decisions about whether to reveal their LGBQ identity in class. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. In press.

14. Cooper KM#, Gin LE#*, Brownell SE.  Diagnosing differences in what undergraduates in a fully online and in-person program know and do regarding medical school admission. (#these authors contributed equally). Advances in Physiology Education. May 2019. https://www.physiology.org/doi/10.1152/advan.00028.2019

13. Cooper KM, Brownell SE. Developing Discipline-based Education Research Course-based Research Experiences: Lessons learned and recommendations. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. September 2018. http://www.asmscience.org/content/journal/jmbe/10.1128/jmbe.v19i2.1567

12.  Cooper KM, Hendrix T^*, Stephens M^*, Cala JM^*, Mahrer K^, Krieg A^*, Agloro A^, Badini G^, Barnes ME, Eledge B^, Jones R^, Lemon E^, Mossimo N^, Martin A^, Ruberto T^, Simonson K^, Weaver J^, Webb E^, Zheng Y, Brownell SE. To be funny or not to be funny: Gender differences in student perceptions of instructor humor in college science courses. PLoS One. August 2018. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0201258 

11. Wright CD, Huang AL*, Cooper KM, Brownell, SE.  Exploring differences in decisions about exams among instructors of the same introductory biology course. Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. July 2018. https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1810&context=ij-sotl 

10. Cooper KM#, Downing VR*#, Brownell SE. The influence of active learning practices on student anxiety in college science classrooms. International Journal of STEM Education. June 2018. (#these authors contributed equally). https://stemeducationjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40594-018-0123-6

9.Cooper KM, Ding L, Stephens MS*, Chi MTH, Brownell SE. A course-embedded comparison of instructor-generated videos of either an instructor alone or an instructor and a student. CBE- Life Sciences Education. June 2018. https://www.lifescied.org/doi/abs/10.1187/cbe.17-12-0288

8. Cooper KM, Krieg A*, Brownell, SE.  Who perceives they’re smarter?  Exploring the influence of student characteristics on student academic self-concept. Advances in Physiology Education. April 2018. https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/advan.00085.2017

7. Cooper KM#Ashley M#*, Brownell, SE. Breaking down barriers: A bridge program helps first year biology students become comfortable and make connections with faculty. Journal of College Science Teaching. March 2018. http://www.nsta.org/college/   

6. Ashley M*#, Cooper KM#, Cala JM*, Brownell SE.  Building better bridges into STEM:  A synthesis of 25 years of literature on STEM summer bridge programs. CBE Life Sciences Education.  December 2017. (#these authors contributed equally) https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.17-05-0085

5. Cooper KM, Ashley ME*, Brownell SE. Using expectancy value theory as a framework to reduce student resistance to active learning: a proof of concept. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. August 2017.  http://www.asmscience.org/content/journal/jmbe/10.1128/jmbe.v18i2.1289

4. Cooper KM, Soneral PA, Brownell SE. Define your goals before you design a CURE: A call to use backward design in planning course-based undergraduate research experiences. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. August 2017.  http://www.asmscience.org/content/journal/jmbe/10.1128/jmbe.v18i2.1287

3. Cooper KM, Ashley M*, Brownell SE.  A bridge to active learning: A summer bridge program helps students to maximize active learning experiences and the active learning experiences of others. CBE Life Sciences Education. March 2017. https://www.lifescied.org/doi/full/10.1187/cbe.16-05-0161

2. Cooper KM#,Haney B#, Krieg A*, Brownell SE. What’s in a name?  The importance of students perceiving an instructor knows their name in a high enrollment biology classroom. CBE Life Sciences Education. March 2017.  (#these authors contributed equally) https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.16-08-0265

1. Cooper KM, Brownell SE. Coming out in class: The challenges and opportunities of active learning for LGBTQIA students in an undergraduate biology class. CBE Life Sciences Education as part of the Broadening Participation Special Issue. September 2016.  https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.16-01-0074

Book Chapter

Cooper KM,Brownell SE. Student anxiety and fear of negative evaluation in active learning science classrooms. Chapter in book: Active learning in college science, the case for evidence-based practice. Springer Nature. In press.

Teaching publication

Cala JM*, Cooper KM, Brownell SE. Using a Sequential Interpretation of Data in Envelopes (SIDE) approach to identify a mystery TRP channel. CourseSource. September 2018. https://doi.org/10.24918/cs.2018.7

Research Activity

Invited plenary-style talks

1.Cooper KM, Brownell SE. A Sense of Mission: Assessment of courses that integrate teaching and research. Invited by the Howard Hughes Medical Association (HHMI) at the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dialogues Meeting. Washington DC, USA. February 2018.

 

Peer-reviewed talks

Trainees who co-presented with me are designated with a *

13. Cooper KM. Comparison of an immunology cookbook lab course and a course-based undergraduate research experience. The Future of Education International Conference. Pixel- International Education and Training Institution. Florence, Italy. June 2018.

12.Cooper KM, Brownell SE. A course-embedded comparison of instructor-generated videos of either an instructor alone or an instructor and a student. Experimental Biology. International Conference of Learning Sciences. London, United Kingdom. June 2018. 

11.Cooper KM. Who perceives they’re smarter? The influence of student identities on student academic self-concept in physiology. ASU Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative. Tempe, AZ, USA. February 2018.

10.Cooper KM, Downing VD*. How to make large-enrollment active learning science classes less anxiety inducing. ASU Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative. Tempe, AZ, USA.  February 2018.

9. Cooper KM. To be funny or not to be funny: Student perceptions of instructor use of humor in college science classrooms. ASU Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative.  Tempe, AZ, USA. February 2018.  

8. Cooper KM, Hendrix T*. To be funny or not to be funny: Student perceptions of instructor use of humor in college science classrooms. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) West coast regional meeting. Irvine, CA, USA. January 2018.  

7. Cooper KM,Brownell SE. Coming out in class: The influence of covert identities on student experiences in active learning classrooms. European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Equality and Diversity Committee’s Inspirational Seminar. Heidelberg, Germany. July 2017.

6. Cooper KM, Brownell SE. Coming out in class: The influence of covert identities on student experiences in active learning classrooms. International Higher Education of Teaching and Learning (HETL) Annual Meeting. Paisley, Scotland. June 2017.

5. Cooper KM. Coming out in class: The influence of covert identities on student experiences in active learning classrooms. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) West meeting. Irvine, CA, USA. January 2017.

4. Cooper KM. A summer bridge program helps students to maximize active learning experiences and the active learning experiences of others. American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting. San Francisco, CA, USA. December 2016.

3. Cooper KM. A bridge to active learning: A summer bridge program helps students to maximize active learning experiences and the active learning experiences of others.  Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) meeting. Minneapolis, MN, USA. July 2016.

2. Cooper KM. What’s in a name?  The importance of student perceptions of an instructor knowing their names in a high enrollment biology course. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) meeting. Minneapolis, MN, USA. July 2016.

1. Cooper KM. Coming out in class: The challenges and opportunities of active learning for LGBTQIA students in an undergraduate biology class. Arizona State University LGBT Showcase. Tempe, AZ, USA. April 2016.

 

Workshops

Cooper KM, Brownell SE.  Building inclusive and fair classrooms:  Spotting sources of bias in biology classrooms. University of Heidelberg. Heidelberg, Germany. March 2017.

Cooper KM, Brownell SE.  Building inclusive and fair classrooms:  Spotting sources of bias in biology classrooms. Arizona State University, Human Evolution and Social Change. Tempe, AZ, USA. March 2017

Cooper KM, Brownell SE.  Building inclusive and fair classrooms:  Spotting sources of bias in biology classrooms. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) West. Irvine, CA, USA. Jan. 2017

Cooper KM, Brownell SE.  Building inclusive and fair classrooms:  Spotting sources of bias in biology classrooms. Committee for Campus Inclusion (CCI) Diversity and Inclusion Educational Conference.  Tempe, AZ, USA. Nov. 2016

Cooper KM, Brownell SE.  Building inclusive and fair classrooms:  Spotting sources of bias in biology classrooms. Evidence Based Teaching Seminar Series. Tempe, AZ, USA. Sept 2016

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
PHY 494Special Topics
CHM 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
BCH 494Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
PHY 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
BCH 494Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
PHY 494Special Topics
CHM 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
BCH 494Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
BCH 494Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 360Animal Physiology
SES 494Special Topics
PHY 494Special Topics
BIO 494Special Topics
BCH 494Special Topics
CHM 494Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 194Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 294Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 189Life Sciences Career Paths
BIO 194Special Topics
Presentations

Teaching Awards

2018 ASU School of LIfe Sciences Innovative Teaching Award

2017 Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Teaching Excellence Award

Honors / Awards

ASU Faculty Women’s Association (FWA) Distinguished Graduate Student Award (2018)

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Graduate Excellence Award (2017 – 2018)

ASU School of Life Sciences Innovative Teaching Award (2018)

ASU Sun Devil Award for Service (2018)

ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Teaching Excellence Award (2017)

iEMBER Best Lightening Talk Award (2017)

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Graduate Excellence Award (2015 - 2016)

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Academic Accomplishments Tuition Scholarship (2011 – 2012)

ASU Provost’s Scholarship (2006 – 2010)

AIMS Tuition Waiver (2006 – 2010)                        

ASU Dean’s List (2006 – 2010)                                                        

ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts Time and Talent Scholarship (2006 – 2008)