Ami Ahern-Rindell, biology, has been chosen after a national competitive search to serve as a biology consultant on a four-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). The grant is part of the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Program and is called the “CUR Transformations Project.”
The overarching goal of this project is to work intensively with 12 institutions and 24 departments over a sustained period to conduct fundamental research on student, faculty, departmental, and disciplinary influences on the process of integrating and scaffolding undergraduate research experiences throughout the curriculum. The grant will also allow institutional participants to pursue departmental and school/college-wide transformations in student learning and learning environments.
The sustainability of these changes will be further enhanced by assisting institutions to integrate research-based curricula into student and faculty cultures and reward systems, and by developing expanded undergraduate research assessments, including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) instruments.
For more information contact Ahern-Rindell at firstname.lastname@example.org.