Jill Beyette, Ph.D.
Dr. Beyette began her scientific research career as an undergraduate student working at the Solar Energy Research Institute (now known as the National Renewable Energies Laboratory, NREL) in Golden, Colorado, investigating the production of biofuels from corn stalks using the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. As such, she recognizes the value of experiencing research as part of an undergraduate education. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Beyette worked at the University of Leicester in England, investigating the multicatalytic proteinase which is ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells, and its role in programmed cell death in rat thymocytes. Her second postdoctoral fellowship, at the University of Cincinnati, investigated the short amino acid sequences necessary for cleavage recognition in substrate proteins by the multicatalytic proteinase.
After completing two postdoctoral positions in biochemistry research, Dr. Beyette became interested in science education. She obtained a post-baccalaureate degree teaching license for secondary education, and taught a year of high school biology and chemistry. She wanted to work collaboratively with others involved in research and actively improving the quality of science education, and she found that environment at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Biological Sciences where she taught 2009 - 2017.
As an academic professional faculty at the University of Georgia, she is applying her expertise in education to teaching non-majors biology with an emphasis on active learning and critical thinking, to developing a Peer Learning Assistant program for the College of Engineering at UGA, and implementing Learning Outcome Assessments for undergraduate students who are majoring in Biology at UGA.