The goal of this faculty-led project is to create a coordinated gateway STEM curriculum infused with disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science practices. This evidence-based approach will raise student engagement, and thereby increase student retention and success, particularly for women and members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. These efforts will change the institutional culture of Michigan State University (MSU) to focus on STEM student learning.
Faculty from the Michigan State University Colleges of Natural Science, Engineering, Education, and Lyman Briggs College, including those in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the CEER Center for Engineering Education Research, and the Create for STEM Institute will collaborate to transform the gateway STEM course curriculum. Specific projects will include transformation of chemistry and physics laboratory courses, the creation of digital evolution education software modules in biology, and the development of a new modeling-based calculus curriculum.
HHMI grant activities at Michigan State will fall under the umbrella of the MSU STEM Educational Alliance, a cross-college and cross-disciplinary collaborative of MSU faculty and staff dedicated to increasing the success of all MSU students in the STEM fields, and to addressing the lower rate of success of students from underrepresented groups. These endeavors also build on the substantial investments already made by Michigan State University to enhance the experience of STEM students, our activities as a project site of the AAU Undergraduate STEM Initiative, and our national leadership in Discipline-Based Undergraduate STEM Education research