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Welcome to the BEN portal, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathway for biological sciences education. The BEN Portal provides access to education resources from BEN Collaborators and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Over 20,601 reviewed resources covering 77 biological sciences topics are available. BEN resources can help you engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national standards for content, use of animals and humans, and student safety.

Currently, registration is not required in exchange for access to the wealth of information freely available through the BEN Portal. Users retain the option to Register and/or Login to join our community of 11,301 biological science educators. Our privacy policy provides detailed explanation on what information is collected, protected, and used for users desiring to exercise their option of registration.


About the Education Collections of BEN Collaborators

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

SICB The SICB Digital Library provides peer-reviewed instructional materials, resources, and activities in integrative and comparative biology for faculty to enhance undergraduate education at two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Society

HAPS The HAPS collection includes a number of physiology case studies, as well as articles and newsletters from the HAPS-Educator, the society\'s quarterly magazine.

American Phytopathological Society

APS Is home to the APSnet Education Center, which offers both introductory and advanced plant pathology information and online courses. The site also includes free publications, instructional materials, and other resources for educators and students.

The Biotechnology Institute

BI The Biotechnology Institute publishes a number of educational resources appropriate for teachers of a range of grade levels from upper elementary through high school and community college. Education resources include manuals for biotechnology courses and laboratories, articles from the bi-annual biotechnology teaching magazine, online teacher's guides, and additional activities.

Massachusetts Society for Medical Research

MSMR The MSMR collection contains K-12 teaching resources focused on understanding medical and animal research. This includes the monthly publication What A Year! that highlights current research discoveries and MSMR Monographs that go in-depth on a variety of topics.

American Society for Microbiology v2.0

ASM-ML2 ASM is home to the MicrobeLibrary, a peer-reviewed collection of Microbiology teaching and learning materials appropriate for the undergraduate level.

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

NWABR The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is a non-profit educational organization established in 1988 to promote the public\'s trust in biomedical research and its ethical conduct. Our work centers on supporting excellence in science teaching, building connections between scientists, students and the wider community, and also working to strengthening the research community.

Ecological Society of America

ESA ESA\'s digital library, EcoEdNet, provides teaching resources for ecology at the undergraduate level.

Microbial Life

MBL/MSU This site contains a variety of microbiology educational and supporting materials for students, K-12 teachers, university faculty, and the general public. You will find information about microorganisms, extremophiles, and extreme habitats, as well as online links providing information about the ecology, diversity, and evolution of micro-organisms.

American Society for Cell Biology

ASCB ASCB is home to BioEDUCATE,an open-access web resource covering cell biology education, as well as iBioSeminars and The Cell: Image Library, which include: cell images, videos, web resources, concept questions, and digitized texts that are freely available for educational and research use.

Video and Image Data Access

VIDA Collection contains annotated science video and images with content and language appropriate for K-8 standards-based science. VIDA is meant to facilitate sharing the excitement of current research among scientists, science faculty, and teachers through the use of images.

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

BCC BCC actively supports undergraduate biology education through The BioQUEST Library Online which is an ongoing peer-reviewed community publication of modules, software simulations, tools, datasets, and other supporting materials from educators and developers engaged in science education and research.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HHMI HHMI's Cool Science and BioInteractive give students and teachers alike, access to topical videos, animations, lectures, virtual labs, interactive tools, and other resources for the classroom. Resources satisfy all levels of education.

American Association of Anatomists

AAA The AAA collection is composed of a variety of anatomical science teaching tools and resources as well as articles from Anatomical Sciences Education, the society\'s education journal.

STKE/Science Signaling

STKE In Science Signaling, you can find Perspective and Review articles, as well as peer-reviewed Teaching Resources for teaching topics or courses in cell signaling. These include lecture notes and slides, syllabi, research projects, experiments, animations, discussions, and online tutorials.

American Physiological Society

APS The APS Archive of Teaching Resources is a collaborative digital library and educator community that can be used by teachers at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional school) to enhance and supplement their current physiology and life science teaching resources.

Bio-Link (the NSF Advanced Technological Education Center for Biotechnology)

Bio-Link Bio-Link Clearinghouse materials are designed for students and graduates at the two-year college level pursuing careers as biotechnology technicians or bench scientists.

National Health Museum-Access Excellence

NHM-AE Provides teachers of health, biology, and the life sciences with access to a computer network forum through which they can share: activities, resources, information, expert assistance, advice, innovative teaching ideas, and best practices.

Society of Toxicology

SOT The website features a number of toxicology activities for students K-12 as well as a number of toxicology curriculum resources for teachers.

Science Collections

Science In Science Collections, you can browse by subject to find Science articles, view special content collections like Netwatch and Books et al., browse the archive of articles from the Science of Aging Knowledge Environment, and find additional Web-only content and supplements to Science's special issues. You can also find links to subject-targeted material from ScienceNOW, the KEs, and Science Careers.

Entomological Foundation

EDL EDL, through its digital library EntDigil, provides teachers and learners with access to high-quality, expert-reviewed entomology teaching materials.

Dolan DNA Learning Center

DNALC The DNA Learning Center's online resources and websites serve biology students, educators, and the public through detailed pictures, videos, and interactive animations.

Ecological Society of America

ESA2 ESA's digital library, EcoEdNet, provides teaching resources for ecology at the undergraduate level.

Botanical Society of America

BSA BSA promotes teaching and learning about plants through Planting Science, and other resources.

American Institute for Biological Sciences

AIBS AIBS, through ActionBioscience , provides formal and informal educators with original lessons, resources, and articles by scientists and science educators. Topics include: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

AAAS Collection is compiled of an array of biological disciplines at all levels of education from K-12 to the general public; it includes journal reviews from Science Collections, as well as many scientific reports, lesson plans and activities provided by Science Netlinks, EurekAlert Kids, Science Update and Kinetic City.

American Society of Human Genetics

ASHG ASHG highlights exemplary genetics curricula, books, videos, toolkits, tutorials, and web sites. Materials are provided that are appropriate for both teachers and students of all levels of education (K-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, and the General Public).

American Society for Microbiology

ASM ASM is home to the MicrobeLibrary, a peer-reviewed collection of Microbiology teaching and learning materials appropriate for the undergraduate level.

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

FUN Provides resources through JUNE, The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, an online journal for undergraduate neuroscience faculty that publishes peer-reviewed reports of innovations in undergraduate neuroscience education. JUNE serves as a mechanism for faculty to exchange information regarding topics such as laboratory exercises, new media, curricular considerations, and teaching methods.

Association for Biology Laboratory Education

ABLE The focus of the ABLE Collection is to improve the undergraduate biology laboratory experience by promoting the development and dissemination of interesting, innovative, and reliable laboratory exercises.

Society for Developmental Biology

SDB The SDB collection is composed of an array of developmental biology teaching resources (K-12 and undergraduate) including lectures, laboratory manuals, atlases, videos, images, and more.


NAHSEP The NAHSEP collection is composed of multidisciplinary aging/health science curricula appropriate for middle and high school students. This includes online tools, informational articles, videos, handouts, quizzes, and more.


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