Finding the Scientist Within

Teacher Professional Development Workshop Canceled

Due to the impact of the coronavirus, we will postpone our Scientist Within workshop until next summer. Thank you for your interest in the program.

Teacher Professional Development Workshop

  • On the Campus of Gonzaga University
  • FREE for K-12 participants

Who is eligible: 7th-12th grade Science Teachers, any Science subject, any school district. All skill levels welcome, no research experience necessary.

The goal of the “Finding the Scientist Within” Workshop

Provide K-12 educators with an immersive experience in inquiry-based science to promote confidence and provide skills of use in the science classroom.

This five-day workshop will take you through a faculty-led research experience and allow you the time and space to brainstorm how to integrate inquiry-based scientific experiences in your own classroom. Each day of the workshop will include a variety of activities including time for scientific research, reflection and discussions with peers, mini-lectures, and exploring techniques to integrate into your classroom. Participants are expected to participate for the entire scheduled workshop time.

Earn Clock Hours

  • Clock Hours Earned: 1 clock hour for each hour of workshop through Spokane Public School District (Please contact us if you are outside this district)
  • STEM Clock Hours: This workshop also meets the criteria for STEM Clock Hours. Teacher can earn 1 STEM hour per hour in the workshop through the Spokane Public School District.

You Will

  • Discover online tools for continuing research in your classroom where everything can be done on computers by analyzing open-source bioinformatics data.
  • Engage with other K-12 science instructors and Gonzaga faculty and staff to discuss concerns of implementing inquiry-based modules in the classroom, realistic scope of projects, how to keep high standards for safety, and how to find/access tools for bringing research-based science into the classroom.
  • Brainstorm with peer science instructors and either create or modify existing activities in an inquiry-based approach. The intention is for each workshop participant to complete the workshop with a lesson plan ready to use in their classes that they believe will improve their engagement with students.
  • Interact with Gonzaga faculty to learn the breadth of undergraduate research that occurs at our primarily undergraduate institution. The intention is to meet potential mentors who could support collaborations through the Murdock “Partners in Science” program.
  • Explore additional funding opportunities that can support bringing or improving scientific inquiry and research into the K-12 classroom.


If you have any questions, please contact:
Jiana Stover
Science Outreach Coordinator
Gonzaga University
Phone: (509) 313-6642

Funding for “Finding the Scientist Within” has been provided by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The M.J. Murdock Charitable trust also provides opportunities for high school science teachers through their “Partners In Science” program.

Facilitator Bio’s

Jiana Stover, M.S.

Jiana Stover is the Science Outreach Coordinator for the Gonzaga Science in Action! Program. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and her master’s degree in Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jiana discovered her passion for helping students of all levels discover their enthusiasm and confidence in science during time as a TA in grad school. Jiana is passionate about science education and has 7+ years of experience working in science outreach.

Amanda Braley

Amanda Braley has taught at Gonzaga University since 1999. As a Laboratory Specialist, She covers a wide range of topics including diversity of life, plant biology, ecology, physiology, and microbiology. In 2012, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute trained Ms. Braley to teach their undergraduate research program called SEA-PHAGES. In the fall of 2012, Gonzaga University transitioned all of their freshman biology laboratory experiences to the authentic classroom research model. She earned her Master of Science in Plant Biology in 1994 and her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 1991 from the University of California, Davis.

Christy C. Andrade, Ph.D.

Christy in an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Gonzaga University. She earned her BS in chemistry from Northern Arizona University and her PhD in microbiology from the University of California – Davis. Christy has a passion for teaching with active learning strategies in her courses. One of her central passions is to improve access to inquiry-based science education for all K-12 students. She is very excited to find a partner to collaborate with and apply for support through the Murdock “Partners in Science” Program.

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