Biology Education Success Teams (BEST)

Majors eligible to join

BEST is a first year learning community designed for incoming freshmen in the Biology major.


Program description

The activities and opportunities are intended to engage students socially and academically. We hope after participation in BEST, students will feel a strong connection to the Biology program, more comfortable approaching and interacting with faculty and staff, know and utilize Iowa State resources, and be academically successful.

Upperclass peer mentors provide advice and direction, and are involved in leading activities in the Biology orientation course. Our social program increases opportunities for interaction between students, faculty and staff at picnics, dinners and events.

Freshmen are also provided the option of enrolling in a biologically-themed communication course (ENGL 150 or 250) for the fall semester.


How to sign up

Sign up for the learning community takes place at summer orientation for incoming freshmen who are ISU Biology students.



Sarah Wehner
105A Bessey Hall

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