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STEM Education Evaluation Projects


REU Site: Advanced Materials for Energy and Sensing Applications

UTK Chemistry’s 10-week REU program is funded by NSF and carefully devised as a comprehensive initial research experience to provide participating students with the diverse skills necessary to pursue a career and further education in the field of chemistry.

The program offers research spanning the traditional fields of chemistry, and additionally benefit from collaborative efforts that impart a broad range of skills. While the research experience is the primary component, the program also provides comprehensive training such as interactive ethics course and professional development training exercises including the preparation of personal career documents, interactions with researchers from both industry and nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, interactive panel discussions, and seminar series to prepare you for future endeavors.

The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Project

The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Project is funded through the National Science Foundation. The project has five distinct, but interdependent, initiatives which work together to support faculty and students in the teaching and learning of quantitative biology (QB). QUBES has adopted an integrated strategy to improving the frequency and effectiveness of QB instruction that includes coordinating a broad consortium of professional stakeholders, supporting faculty development and the implementation of new teaching practices, providing an infrastructure for collaboration and access to high quality materials, establishing new metrics for faculty teaching scholarship and documenting the project outcomes.

Biology undergraduate Math Attitudes and Anxiety Program (BioMAAP)

The Biology undergraduate Math Attitudes and Anxiety Program (BioMAAP) is a cohesive program that can be added to existing courses and curricula, without replacing content instruction. Lead by Radford University (RU) and funded through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources Directorate (IUSE: EHR) the project aims to design, implement and assess interventions to help undergraduate biology majors improve their attitudes and decrease their anxiety towards mathematics. Introductory mathematics courses are a key roadblock for many students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Since student attitudes toward mathematics are strongly correlated with their performance, the goal of the current work is the development and study of strategies that reduce student resistance to mathematics. The approaches, which include biofeedback and metacognitive reflection, are readily adoptable and actively engage students in reducing their own mathematics anxiety and improving their attitude toward mathematics.

Summer Research Experiences (SRE) at NIMBioS for Undergraduates and Teachers

The Summer Research Experiences (SRE) at NIMBioS for Undergraduates and Teachers provides undergrads in math, biology and related fields, as well as high school teachers in mathematics and biology, the opportunity to conduct research in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators on projects at the interface of math and biology. During this eight-week summer program, undergraduates live on the UT-Knoxville campus and work in collaborative teams on a variety of biological research projects using mathematical methods. The topics change each year and cover a range of life science areas including disease and health, evolution, ecology, molecular biology and more. Students receive a stipend, apartment-style housing, travel support to Knoxville, and more. U.S. high school math and biology teachers and pre-service teachers are also encouraged to apply.

Multicultural Scholars Program

The mission of MSP is to recruit, educate, and graduate minorities, economically disadvantaged, and first generation students from agricultural science disciplines. The Department of FWF will serve as a conduit to increase the presence of underserved and underrepresented individuals within forestry professions. MSP students will participate in three specific extended learning opportunities: a Capstone course, paid internship experiences, and K-12 outreach opportunities. MSP scholars will attend annual regional and national workshops and conferences that emphasize leadership, career engagement, and professional development. Scholars will be afforded the opportunity to interact and network with stakeholders across broad sectors of the forestry industry.

NIMBioS Tutorials

NIMBioS hosts a number of tutorials related to the interface of biological/ computational/ mathematical research. Organizers, presenters and key invited researchers make up a portion of the 25-30 participants; the remaining participants are filled through open application from the scientific community.

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