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Multidisciplinary Research on Student Success in STEM at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) REU Program

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Science and Mathematics Educational Research Collaborative, an interdisciplinary Discipline-Based Education Research group, will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this year.  Ten accepted students will be involved in mentored-research projects in Multidisciplinary Research on Student Success in STEM at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Accepted students will be part of a vibrant community of education researchers and contribute to publishable research in STEM Education Research.

What is STEM Education Research?

STEM Education Research is conducted by experts in a scientific field who apply a combination of scientific disciplinary expertise, educational and social-science research methods, and findings from the cognitive and neurosciences to investigate questions about undergraduate learning within a scientific field.  The broad goals of this field of research are to 1) understand how people learn the concepts, practices, and ways of thinking of science, 2) understand the nature and development of expertise in a discipline, 3) identify and measure appropriate learning objectives and instructional approaches that advance students toward those objectives, 4) contribute to the knowledge base in a way that can guide the translation of findings to classroom practice, and 5) identify approaches to make science and engineering education broad and inclusive.
Will I have a project mentor?

Yes!  During the program students will engage in rigorous education research projects with the support and collaboration of research mentors.  Through a variety of activities we will build and support students’ research, communication and professional skills to help prepare them for STEM Education Research Ph.D. programs and careers.  We will introduce our potential future educators to teaching, learning, and assessment of the core scientific practice of modeling.  Students in this program will disseminate their findings at conferences and through scholarly publications. 

Learn more about our program components, mentored research projects, living on the RIT campus and application information by clicking on the tabs.