Focus: Use experiments to understand disparities and foster equity in the classroom and across multiple disciplines and universities, with an emphasis on replication and context.


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Test Anxiety Project

PAUSED DUE TO COVID: This project will test the hypothesis that test anxiety explains part of the performance gap between under-represented students in introductory STEM courses and their well-represented counterparts…

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Office Hours Project

This project explores the wide range of practices associated with office hours across the SEISMIC institutions, to inform recommendations to campuses on best practices for these sessions…

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Backchannel Project

This team will explore to what degree the establishment of a backchannel in foundational STEM courses… increases student participation in class inquiry. 

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Access to Practice Project

Faculty in this project are designing peer-reviewed, low-stakes writing assignments for students to improve their learning in STEM introductory courses…

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Belonging Project

ON SABBATICAL: This project will deliver brief, in-class, small group interventions discussing adversity that supports students’ sense of belonging… 

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CLUE: Contextual Linkaging Project

This project will design, build and test a new technology that promotes elaboration and reflection for learners while providing feedback to instructors.

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Cooper, K. M., Gin, L. E., Barnes, M. E., & Brownell, S. E. (2020). An exploratory study of students with depression in undergraduate research experiences. CBE—Life Sciences Education19(2), ar19. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.19-11-0217

Cooper, K. M., Gin, L. E., & Brownell, S. E. (2020). Depression as a concealable stigmatized identity: what influences whether students conceal or reveal their depression in undergraduate research experiences?. International Journal of STEM Education7(1), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-020-00216-5


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