The SMERC group at RIT is a multidisciplinary group of Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) investigators, including individuals who study biology education, physics education, chemistry education, engineering education, and science/math communication. DBER focuses on how students learn the STEM disciplines and become scientists. DBER practitioners are involved in inquiry-based scholarship that brings together deep knowledge of the sciences and scientific practices with cognitive psychology and pedagogical theory.
The Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative (SMERC) is the research arm of CASTLE. SMERC 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 that brings together deep knowledge of the sciences and scientific practices with cognitive psychology and pedagogical theory. Individual projects include biology education, physics education, chemistry education, engineering education, and science/math communication.Read More
DBER experiences include an NSF-funded REU program focusing on emerging areas of research—the use of models and representations in STEM. Undergraduate students with STEM majors, from colleges and universities across the US, ivisit RIT in the summer for a mentored research experience. Professional workshop development and group activities take place throughout their stay at RIT. The session concludes with an REU Symposium where students present their research through oral presentations and/or a poster session.Read More
POWER unites higher education, discipline-based education research, and workforce development in order to investigate core aspects of typical undergraduate STEM programs: scientific content, mathematics, and communication. This project is funded through a National Science Foundation Education & Human Resources Core Research (ECR) grant DGE-1432578.Read More
The Molecular Biology Education Research (MBER) Group is a collaborative research lab co-led by Dr. Dina Newman and Dr. Kate Wright, faculty in the Gosnell School of Life Sciences at RIT. The team studies how students think about molecular biology concepts and develops tools for improving biology education.Read More