Vision and Change Initiative
APS' Response to the Vision and Change Report
Promoting Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Research

Six major areas were identified where scientific professional societies could contribute to the overall Vision & Change initiative (see below for link to report).

APS is proud to announce that we  have adopted five of these six areas as primary targets for Society activities to promote both the visibility and status of undergraduate (UG) education within the Society and in our education programs.

The five target areas are:
  • Raise the visibility and importance of teaching among researchers in the field
  • Increase UG student affiliation with, and understanding of, the field
  • Prepare faculty to teach the 21st century curriculum
  • Provide online resources for curriculum and professional development
  • Promote collaboration among stakeholders
APS efforts and activities (see below) impact students, educators, and organizations. They are ongoing and will continue to impact UG education in the future. New initiatives are forthcoming and will be announced when available.


ADInstruments Macknight Early Career Innovative Educator Award

The ADInstruments Macknight Early Career Innovative Educator Award honors an APS member who demonstrates the greatest potential for incorporating innovative teaching techniques and effectively utilizing technology resources in engaging undergraduate students in physiology education.

APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program: Exposing Undergraduates to Physiology Research Leads to a Research-focused Career

Poster on the APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF) program and how well the objectives of the program are being met.

Archive Vision & Change Scholars Program

Online professional development training program especially for undergraduate faculty in Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Developmental Biology.

Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship

The APS Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for undergraduate underrepresented students interested in exploring comparative and evolutionary biology research careers.

Mentoring or Working with Students with Disabilities

APS Archive collection of resources on mentoring or working with students with disabilities.

NSF IOS Broadening Participation Collaborative

APS, along with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and The Leadership Alliance (TLA), proposed a novel pilot project that specifically links the resources of the three professional societies to develop innovative initiatives that will address the recruitment of undergraduate underrepresented minority (URM) students into graduate programs in integrative organismal systems (IOS) fields and the retention of URM graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in IOS fields.

Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

APS STEP-UP Program helps undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to increase understanding of and exposure to careers in biomedical research, experience biomedical research in NIDDK-related area and develop research and presentation skills, and become part of professional research community.

Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE)

The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in exploring biomedical research careers. The program provides exposure to the core National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) mission areas.

Undergraduate Orientation Session at EB

APS holds an orientation session for ALL undergraduate students working in physiology who attend the Experimental Biology meeting.

Undergraduate Poster Session at EB

The Undergraduate Poster Session is a special session held to highlight the contributions of undergraduate students to physiology research.

Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships (UGREF)

The Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship program funds undergraduate students with significant prior laboratory research experience to work for the summer in the laboratory.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program (UGSRF)

Summer research fellowship for undergraduate students interested in physiology research.

Vision & Change Archive Collections

Collections of resources on topics of interest in physiology or science.