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Luke Lyons

Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone: 979-458-6010
Email: [email protected]

Research and Scholarly Interests

•Science Education
•Impacts of undergraduate research on students’ understanding of science and scientific inquiry
•Authentic assessment in collegiate science classrooms
•Cardiovascular Physiology
•Student-centered learning
•K-12 Outreach

About Me

Focus Areas





Luke Lyons, Ph.D.

Dr. Luke Lyons graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University in 2008.  He completed a Master of Education degree at Sam Houston State University the following year in 2009.  Lyons returned to Texas A&M University pursue his Ph.D. after teaching high school for 4 years at Navasota High School in Navasota, Texas.  After teaching in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M and completion of his Ph.D. in 2018, Dr. Lyons joined the faculty of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 2018.


  • B.S., Biology, Texas A&M University – 2008
  • M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, Sam Houston State University – 2009
  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education), Texas A&M University – 2018


Fellow – Michael E. DeBakey Institute (2019)

School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) Dissertation Award (2018)

Distinguished Graduate Student, Excellence in Teaching – Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (2016)

Teaching Excellence Award 2015, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, Texas A&M University (2016)

Teaching Excellence Award 2014, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, Texas A&M University (2015)

Teaching Excellence Award 2013, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, Texas A&M University (2014)

Lechner Scholar Award Recipient (2013-2014)

Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society, Outstanding High School Science Teacher (2012)


  • Education
  • Physiology
  • Undergraduate Education in Biomedical Sciences (BIMS)
  • Undergraduate Research

Authenticity in Science Learning, Assessment and Teaching Science Teacher Preparation and Enhancement
Innovative Curriculum Design

  • Learning Progressions
  • Integration of Science Domains
  • Student-Centered Learning Environments

Reform-Based Practices, Inquiry

Integrating High-Interest Topics in Curriculum

K-12 Outreach

  • Historically underperforming schools
  • Underrepresented students
  • Undergraduates Mentoring Secondary Students in STEM-based Research (on campus)
  • First-generation College Students

Undergraduate Research

My primary focus is teaching and supporting the training of undergraduate researchers in the Biomedical Research Certificate program. In addition to teaching the introductory and senior capstone courses, I support undergraduate research with continuing research courses.

Luke Lyons is accepting trainees of these groups:

  • Undergraduate Scholars

    Stuessy, C. L., & Lyons, L. C.  (2019).  Classroom assessment in the service of integrated STEM reform.  In Sahin, A., & Mohr-Schroder, M. (eds.), Myths and truths: What have years of K-12 STEM education research taught us?  Leiden, The Netherlands:  Koninklijke Brill Publishers.

    Lyons, L. (2018). Dinosaurs in Early Education. Early Years, 39 (1), 12-14.

    Lyons, L. C., Fleming, K. J., Whitfield, J.G., Ging, A. B., Ketsetzi, A., Etchells, M. J., & Waxman, H. C. (2015). Evaluating the implementation of core practices in teacher education programs in Texas. The Texas Forum of Teacher Education, 5, 33-48.