2015 Capstone Programs Synthesis WorkshopMeeting Workspace
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November 8-9, 2015
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
This meeting of the participants in the HHMI Capstone project will focus on synthesizing the knowledge and experiences the teams bring to the table in the realms of increasing the persistence of all students in STEM, developing inquiry skills, and fostering interdisciplinary or integrative learning in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from their peers and provide feedback on programs at each others' institutions. The group will also refine synthesis webpages developed by the project leadership which draw on the insights of all the capstones to address these larger issues.
The workshop agenda is inside the private workspace for the project. You will need to have created your SERC account in order to access that workspace. (If you have any issues or questions about your account, please contact John McDaris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- complete synthesis of lessons learned across projects
- revise initial draft of synthesis webpages created by leaders
- complete outline of CBE paper
- determine plan for finailizing institutional program descriptions
The meeting will open with a session starting at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 8 and end at 5:00 PM on Monday, November 9.
Travel by Air
Air travelers should fly into the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Ground transportation to and from the airport (a 45 minute drive) will be arranged for you based on your travel information that you submit to us via the travel plans form. Please submit this information by October 16, 2015.
We recommend that you schedule your arrival no later than 1:30 PM on November 8th in order to make it to the opening session by 3:00 PM. Similarly, in order to stay through the end of the meeting at 5:00 PM, we recommend scheduling your Monday evening departure no earlier than 7:30 PM. We can facilitate additional working time for those who need to stay overnight to leave on Tuesday, November 10.
Travel by Car
Directions from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Northfield
I-35W South to Highway 19 East (exit 69, Northfield exit).
Drive east on Highway 19, 11 miles to Northfield.
At the first stop light (where Highway 19 merges with Highway 3), turn left.
Country Inn is immediately on your left.
If you are driving north to Northfield, the directions from I-35 are the same. Just watch for exit 69 from the other direction. Please fill out the travel plans form to inform the conveners of your travel plans and when you plan to arrive.
A hotel block has been reserved at the Northfield Country Inn ( This site may be offline. ) , arriving Sunday, November 8 and staying one or two nights. Reservations must be made no later than Friday, October 16 (the room block will be released after this date). To make your reservations, call (507) 645-2286 and tell them you are part of the HHMI group to receive the discounted group rate of $80 per night + tax. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning.
It's about a five-block walk to the meeting space from the hotel and downtown is about 2-3 blocks from the hotel. Please let us know if you have any concerns about accommodations or mobility. If you need other arrangements, please let us know.