An intensive educational experience for select RIT students that incorporates metacognition into the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies. Open to all students, it is designed especially for First Generation and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students to help acclimate them to the RIT campus and college life while having fun with STEM learning as a group.
HHMI Inclusive Excellence, is a $1 million initiative that will increase infrastructure, resources and expertise to involve and retain students from non-traditional pathways and historically excluded populations*. The 5-year project focuses on three areas with three distinct objectives: Research, Teaching, and Community. This initiative is funded through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
* African American/Black, Latinx American/Hispanic, Native American/Pacific Islander, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, Women, LGBTQ+, Transfer, Disabled and First Generation
The Science & Math Education Research Collaborative (SMERC), the research arm of CASTLE, consists of a multidisciplinary group of discipline-based education researchers who study how students learn the STEM disciplines, apply science to problem solving, and become enculturated as scientists. This research is a form of inquiry-based scholarship.
The transformation of science courses involves creating environments in which students can interact with one another, engage in collaborative problem solving, and articulate and defend their ideas. To accomplish this, undergraduate LAs are hired to facilitate small-group or other interaction in the classroom. Student LAs work with faculty mentors who gain classroom support while delegating tasks and implementing active learning pedagogies.