Janet Branchaw

Associate Professor


(608) 262-1182

351A Bardeen Medical Laboratories

Branchaw, Janet

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Janet L. Branchaw is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology in the School of Education and the Faculty Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison). Her research and programming focus on the
development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative approaches to science education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with special emphasis on research training and mentoring, assessment of student learning, and broadening
participation in science. She teaches courses in physiology and college science teaching methods.


  • PhD Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
  • MS Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
  • BS Zoology, Iowa State University, 1990

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  • O'Connell, K. O., Hoke, K., Giamellaro, M., Berkowitz, A., & Branchaw, J. L. A Framework of Factors That Influence Undergraduate Student Outcomes in Field Learning Experiences. BioScience
  • Butz, A. R., & Branchaw, J. L. Entering Research Learning Assessment (ERLA): A Validated Instrument to Measure Research Trainee Development. Life Sciences Education
  • Branchaw, J. L., Butz, A. R., & Smith, A. R. (In Press). Entering Research: A Curriculum to Support Undergraduate and Graduate Research Trainees. Macmillan.
  • Branchaw, J. L., Butz, A. R., & Smith, A. R. (2020). Evaluation of Entering Research: A Customizable Curriculum for Undergraduate and Graduate Research Training Programs and Courses. Life Sciences Education, 19(1)
  • Branchaw, J. L., & Butz, A. R. (2020). Interventions to Optimize Mentoring Relationships for Diverse Biomedical Researchers. Understanding Interventions Journal, 11(1)
  • Branchaw, J. L., Pape-Lindstorm, P. A., Tanner, K. D., Bissonette, S. A., Cary, T. L., Couch, B. A., Crowe, A. J., Knight, J. K., Semsar, K., Smith, J. I., Smith, M. K., Summers, M. M., Wienhold, C. J., Wright, C. D., & Brownell, S. E. (2020). Resources for Teaching and Assessing the Vision and Change Biology Core Concepts. Life Sciences Education, 19(2)
  • Cary, Wienhold, C. J., & Branchaw, J. L. (2019). A Biology Core Concept Instrument (BCCI) to teach and assess student conceptual understanding. Life Sciences Education, 18(3)
  • Wienhold, C., & Branchaw, J. L. (2018). Exploring Biology: A Vision and Change Disciplinary First-Year Seminar Improves Academic Performance in Introductory Biology. Life Sciences Education, 17(2)
  • Cary, T., & Branchaw, J. L. (2017). Conceptual Elements: A Detailed Framework to Support and Assess Student Learning of Biology Core Concepts. Life Sciences Education, 16(2)
  • Pfund, C., Branchaw, J. L., & Handelsman, J. (2015). Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists. Macmillan.

Select Presentations

  • Branchaw, J. L., Freeman, T., & Hewlett, . (2021, September). Student-Level Drivers of Changes to Undergraduate Life Sciences Education. Panelists for the Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2020). Reassess – Realign – Reimagine: Pivoting to Remote Research Mentoring. Webinar presented at the National Directors of Graduate Training Programs in Physiology and Pharmacology Meeting.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2020). Common REU Assessment and Evaluation. Workshop presented at the National Science Foundation Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Principal Investigators Workshop.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2020). Reassess – Realign – Reimagine: Pivoting to Remote Research Mentoring. Webinar presented at the Undergraduate Field Experience Research Network.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2020). The Importance of Mentoring in Undergraduate Research. Keynote/Plenary Address presented at the Virginia Tech Mentoring Undergraduates Workshop.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2019). Panelist. presented at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Convocation on Faculty Promotion and Advancement.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2018). Assessment: Your Ally in Advancing Student Learning. Keynote/Plenary Address presented at the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE).
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2018). Mentoring Up for Trainees and Mentoring Diverse Trainees for Faculty. Oral Presentation presented at the Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC) Annual Retreat.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2018). It Takes a Village: Beyond Training Mentors to Empowering Research Trainees. Oral Presentation presented at the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) Conference.
  • Branchaw, J. L. (2018). Evidence-Based Practices in STEM Undergraduate Research: What We Know and What We Have Yet to Learn. Keynote/Plenary Address presented at the Texas State University Undergraduate Research Symposium: Innovative and Collaborative Undergraduate Research.

Select Awards and Honors

  • Committee on Strengthening Research Experiences for Undergraduate STEM Students, National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017
  • Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin System, 2011