Dr. Santiago Toledo (Assistant professor of Chemistry at SEU) and his collaborator Dr. Justin Dubas just published an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of Chemical Education titled, “A Learner-Centered Grading Method Focused on Reaching Proficiency with Course Learning Outcomes.” This work discusses an alternative form of thinking about grading to encourage students to focus on their mastery with the course learning outcomes. This proposed method couples the use of Marzano’s Taxonomy of learning and its cognitive levels to the feedback students receive. This approach was implemented in general chemistry courses at SEU and it is now operational in some organic chemistry and other advanced level courses. This work is a follow-up of earlier work by Dr. Toledo on using Marzano’s Taxonomy to draft student learning outcomes for chemistry courses.
Calling all incoming FRESHMEN enrolled in one or more LLCs! The School of Natural Sciences will be offering Freshmen Accelerated Research Workshops (FARM), a 3 day series workshop comprised of class and laboratory sessions that are intended to give you a head-start in your respective science disciplines. Interested? Click the link for more information!
In February you received a message from me that includes a link to an application for summer research with SEU faculty. These applications are due one week from today, by the end of the day. If you currently have a meal plan, note that meal plans are valid through the end of June, so don’t squander your funds unnecessarily. You can use the plan to continue to dine in the Ragsdale Center dining hall until the end of June.
This application encompasses all the various funding sources for students at all levels, so if you are currently working with an SEU faculty member, and are planning to continue your research this summer, then confirm this plan with your current supervisor before you submit the application, and make sure that you select the faculty member you intend to work with.
The application will offer you a choice of up to three faculty members to be your research supervisor. You should consult with the faculty member(s) you select BEFORE you submit the application. This is especially important if you are a first time students at SEU. Note also that you only need to select one supervisor. You do not need to select three! But do consult first with each faculty you do choose!
An announcement will be made in early April regarding the status of these applications, and the successful applicants will be invited to an organizational meeting in early April to complete the associated paperwork.
The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP)
The Department of Energy (DOE) and Office of Environmental Management (EM) are offering summer internships to current undergraduate and graduate students attending a Minority Serving Institution. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a STEM discipline.
Be a US citizen
Be working toward a degree in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, or mathematics)
Have a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
When & Where:
Summer start dates vary between May 15 & June 5, and are 10 weeks in duration
Research internships available at all six national labs
o Argonne National Laboratory (Illinois)
o Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho)
o Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico)
o Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee)
o Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington)
o Savannah River National Laboratory (South Carolina)
Application Deadline: March 20, 2017
Selected candidates will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, and may include one round trip domestic travel to and from the host laboratory. Stipends and salaries will be commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory, and will vary from lab to lab.
The School of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of summer 2017 undergraduate research positions for students doing collaborative research with St. Edward’s science and mathematics faculty. Any current St. Edward’s student with a declared major in the School of Natural Sciences is eligible to apply for a research position if you will be enrolled as an undergraduate at St. Edward’s for the fall semester of 2017.
Two options will be offered, a one-week group research project targeted primarily to first year students that will be performed May 15-19 and a 6-9 week project targeted primarily to students who have completed more than one year of study at SEU beginning around May 22 (dates are variable depending on the supervisor). The one-week option does not provide a stipend, but it does cover housingon campus during this period.
Students participating in the 6-9 week projects will be awarded stipends of $1500 to $3150 (determined by class standing, research period length, and prior research experience) paid in equal increments twice monthly for full-time research done over six to nine weeks. The stipend payments will begin in mid-June, contingent upon satisfactory progress. In addition, a housing support stipend may also be paid dependent on your housing status. This program is supported in part by the Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Jean McKemie Endowment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Brother Romard Barthel/J.D. Lewis Summer Research Funds.
Students opting for the one-week group research project format need not contact the instructor, but they should read the articlesrecommended by the selected research supervisor. Students who completed more than one year of study at SEU and excelled in their classes and who have research interests that overlap or complement those of one of the participating supervisors are preferred for the 6-9 week projects. A student should approach a potential faculty mentor with a specific research topic in mind, or may ask a potential facultymentor to suggest possible research projects that would be appropriate. In either case, priority for the 6-9 weeks projects will be given to students who have conferred with a potential faculty mentor and formulated general project goals prior to submission of this application. Final awards are contingent on available funds and the merit of the applicant.
Application Submission Deadline: March 9
Notification: Monday, April 3
Questions? Please contact the Director of NSCI Undergraduate Research.
Richard L. Kopec, Ph.D. Associate Dean, NSCI Faculty Development Director, NSCI Undergraduate Research Professor, Chemistry/Computer Science St. Edward’s University JBWS 386 (512) 448-8464 (V) (512) 448-8482 (FAX)