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Abstract Title: TRUSE Conference: Integrating undergraduate physics, chemistry and mathematics education research
Abstract: In June 2010, the first of two biennial conferences on Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) brought together researchers in undergraduate physics, mathematics, and chemistry education to transform and integrate research across disciplines. The format included plenary talks, working groups, poster sessions and substantial unstructured time to network with colleagues and build capacity for future investigations.  Research described included projects that exemplify particular disciplinary approaches; work on trans-disciplinary topics such as transfer, representations, and reasoning strategies; and investigations on content topics that cross one or more disciplinary boundaries. After the conference, mini-grants were solicited for seed projects that could lead to longer-term interdisciplinary collaborations. A summary of the conference will be given with descriptions of sample presentations and implications for PER. The organizers will be running the conference again in 2012 with at least one more discipline being included.

Conference supported by NSF grants DUE-0941515 and -0941191. http://www.chem.purdue.edu/Towns/TRUSE/
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: John R. Thompson
University of Maine
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
5709 Bennett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5709
and Co-Presenter(s)
Warren M. Christensen, North Dakota State University
Chris L. Rasmussen, San Diego State University
Marcy H. Towns, Purdue University