Webinar on Undergraduate Research Experiences and STEM Education Centers

published Oct 4, 2017 1:50pm

Monday, October 30th

10:30 am PDT | 11:30 am MDT | 12:30 am CDT | 1:30 pm EDT

Join the Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) on Monday, October 30th at 1:30-2:30 pm EDT, for the first of a series of webinars on undergraduate research experiences.


To open the series on undergraduate research experiences, we will be featuring the National Academies report, Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities (2017). Janet L. Branchaw, who served on the committee, will give an overview of the report, which examines what is known about the effectiveness of undergraduate research experiences (URE). The report also recommends that researchers, institutions, and funders work together to strengthen the evidence base on these experiences.

Following Dr. Branchaw's presentation, Kacy Redd will facilitate a discussion with centers about how they are supporting UREs. Come prepared to share!

Webinar Details

  • Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 am PDT | 11:30 am MDT | 12:30 pm CDT | 1:30 pm EDT
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Janet Brachaw's powerpoint presentation.
  • Webinar recording for UREs (MP4 Video 57MB Oct30 17).
  • We would like to capture innovative undergraduate research experiences, help you find collaborators for any research projects in the URE space, and crowd source resources in this area. You can add to the google doc here: https://goo.gl/ogs6jX

Speaker Bio

Janet Branchaw is assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is also the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) and associate director of the Mentor Training Core of the National Research Mentoring Network. She is chairperson of the Leadership Committee for NSF's Biology Research Experiences for Undergraduates and directs an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates on integrated biological sciences. She developed training curricula for research mentors and for undergraduate research mentees. She led a project to develop a common assessment tool for use across NSF's Research Experience for Undergraduates programs. Her research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative approaches to undergraduate science education, with an emphasis on undergraduate research, assessment of student learning, and broadening participation in science among underrepresented groups. She received her Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Facilitator Bio

Kacy Redd is the assistant vice president of science and mathematics education policy at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). APLU is a higher education association in Washington, DC, with a membership of 235 public research universities in the US, Canada, and Mexico. She co-directs the Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC), which currently links 149 STEM Education Centers (SEC) at 126 institutions (from 246 SECs at 182 institutions identified to date). NSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF #1524832) and has received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Dr. Redd also manages APLU's Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI), a commitment by 132 public research universities to improve science and mathematics teacher preparation. She serves as staff lead for APLU's Research Intensive Committee, a committee of 15 presidents of RU1 institutions, and for the Public Access Working Group, which provides guidance to institutions on making publications and data publicly accessible. Redd received her PhD in neuroscience from Columbia University.