Projects & Collaborators

The team presently works on the following funded projects:

Evaluating the Impact of CURE Course Design Characteristics on Student Interest, Engagement, and Persistence (NSF-IUSE, 2019-2021)

  • Course-based undergraduate research experiences (abbreviated CUREs) bring the “authentic” characteristics of a faculty member’s research lab into a course environment. This increases the access that undergraduate students have to engaging in discovery and iterative research early in their academic careers, which benefits students’ STEM-related knowledge, motivation, and academic plans more than traditional learning contexts. In this project we study how and why CUREs are such effective learning environments, especially as related to student motivation.

Impact of the Summer Institutes on Faculty Teaching and Student Achievement (NSF-TUES, 2014-2020)

  • The Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching (SI) are annual professional development workshops that help current STEM university faculty develop in evidence-based teaching practices. The STEM-PERL team evaluates the impact of SI-trained faculty on their students (once they return to their home institutions), measuring student outcomes such as course engagement, final grade, and persistence in the sciences.

Preparing Future Faculty to Improve STEM Education: Broadening the National Impact of the CIRTL Network (NSF-IUSE, 2017-2020)

  • The STEM-PERL team is studying the program structure and evaluation efforts of institution-level CIRTL programs. Local CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) programs are part of a national network of future faculty development programs that train graduate students and post-docs to be better STEM instructors. The STEM-PERL team is working to represent the local variation in CIRTL programs in order to strategically measure impact.

Undergraduate Science Education Campus Grant (HHMI, 2014-2020)

  • This grant supports several STEM programs and courses here at Yale (some are fully funded by the grant and others are partially funded). These include the introductory biology course sequence (BIOL 101-104), course-based undergraduate research lab courses (CUREs), Summer Research for All, Math 110/111, and Freshmen Scholars at Yale (FSY). The STEM-PERL team supports this grant by proving program management, grant management, and evaluation support.

SEA-PHAGES Evaluation (HHMI, 2014-2020)

  • The STEM-PERL team collaborates to support evaluation of the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program. SEA-PHAGES supports discovery-based undergraduate research courses across the U.S. The large-scale evaluation efforts of this program are supported by the STEM-PERL team.

Transforming the Evaluation of Teaching: A Study of Institutional Change to Advance STEM Undergraduate Education (NSF-IUSE, 2017-2022)

  • STEM-PERL members are serving as External Evaluators and evaluation support persons on this grant that studies the institutional change processes associated with adopting new ways of evaluating teaching.

Collaborators on current projects:

Paul Turner, Yale University

Alita Burmeister, Yale University

Graham Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh

David Hanauer, University of Pittsburgh

Gabriela Weaver, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

William Trochim, Cornell University

Monica Hargraves, Cornell University

Claire Hebbard, Cornell University

Brian Couch, University of Nebraska

Mary Durham, University of Nebraska

Jennifer Knight, University of Colorado at Boulder

Xinnian Chen, University of Connecticut

Ann Austin, Michigan State University

Lucas Hill, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selection of past projects:

HHMI-funded Summer Institutes Program

Helmsley STEM Education Program

HHMI Planning Grant