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Scott Franklin

Scott Franklin, IMPRESS Program Director

Director, CASTLE
Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy
(585) 475-2536
2116 Carlson Building

Integrating Metacognitive Practices and Research to Ensure Student Success (IMPRESS) 

An educational experience for RIT students that incorporates metacognition into the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.

What is Metacognition? Metacognition is awareness of your own knowledge. It includes recognizing how you learn, self-assessing how well you have learned, and developing a coherent picture of what is learned. Some refer to it as "thinking about thinking."


Goals of IMPRESS

IMPRESS was designed for RIT students interested in thinking deeply about their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies. Metacognition includes recognizing how you learn, self-assessing how well you have learned, and developing a coherent picture of what is learned.

STEM Education
Improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education through research and metacognition.

Engage our participants in interesting science experiments that will enhance their metacognitive skills.

Increase opportunities for RIT STEM students to support their peers in academics.


IMPRESS Programs and Initiatives

First Year Courses
All RIT students are required to take general education and writing courses. IMPRESS students have the opportunity to take special courses that encourage them to integrate all of their STEM courses. Find out more about IMPRESS courses.

Learning Assistant (LA) Program
Second year IMPRESS students are eligible for paid Learning Assistant positions in which they work with faculty mentors helping other students successfully learn in foundational STEM courses. Read more »


IMPRESS is part of the ACCESS Network.