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Abstract Title: Involving Undergraduate Researchers in PER
Abstract: The physics program at Chicago State University (CSU) is currently involved in making major revisions to the introductory physics courses as a result of funding from the National Science Foundation - Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Program. Underlying these revisions is a strong research component that seeks to assess the effectiveness of these instructional innovations.
This project has involved over half the faculty in the Physics Program and over ten student researchers who received degrees or are currently pursuing degrees in science. These students have been involved in curriculum development, research on student learning, and work as laboratory and classroom facilitators. Because of the large scope of departmental involvement the project has evolved into a community endeavor in which both faculty and students play an active role in program innovations.
In this poster we discuss how undergraduates have been involved in the project and describe the benefits of involving science majors in education research.

Supported by NSF DUE-0410068, DUE 0632563, 0618128
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mel S. Sabella
Chicago State University
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
9501 S. King Dr. - SCI 232
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773-995-2172
Fax: 773-995-3809