Patrick Gentry, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Biology Department

Innovation Hall 337
(317) 274-8544


Science Education

  • Project Based Learning as a way to expand undergraduate research experiences for non-science majors
  • Best Practices in Community Building and Learning in Asynchronous Online Courses

Urban Ecology

  • Collaborator with The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES), Butler University in tracking mammals in wildlife corridors in Indianapolis and the contingent counties. This collaboration allows for me to use data and data collection for this project as a PBL in my courses.

Urban Ecology: The Intersection Between Humans and Nature in Cities (Live)

Director of the First-Year Science Apprenticeship (FYSA)

This program is for first-year university students that are Biology Majors looking for employment that is on campus and flexible around class schedules. Research shows that working 10-20 hours a week can help students better budget their time. However, working more than 20 hours is often detrimental to a student’s studies.

We are looking for students who are willing to work at least 10 hours a week in 2 blocks of time. Pay for 2021 is 12.50/hour. Most of the work involves making solutions, stocking, animal care (some positions), helping with small projects. Students are placed in research OR prep labs (preparing for experiments done in our undergraduate teaching labs).

The hiring is done in a first-come-first-served process and takes place from June to September of the year, until all positions are filled. The number of positions is around 30/year and depends on the needs of the department. The demand for these positions is usually higher than the number of positions available.


  • Ph.D.—Purdue, West Lafayette
  • M.S.—Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • B.S.—IUPUI
  • A.S.—IUPUI