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Science, Math, and Engineering Grad Students Engage in Teaching-as-Research

Posted by on Monday, April 19, 2010 in News.

As part of the CIRTL Network activities at Vanderbilt, the CFT co-sponsors the Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Fellows program for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields at Vanderbilt. CIRTL defines TAR as follows:

“Teaching-as-Research involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers.”

Each fall, a number of TAR Fellows are selected to conduct projects exploring aspects of undergraduate education in their disciplines. Each Fellow works with a faculty mentor, and each project typically focuses on an undergraduate course taught by that mentor.

Each January the TAR Fellows share their projects with the campus in a poster session hosted by CIRTL-at-Vanderbilt.  Below are links to some of the posters from the 2009-10 cohort.

Three of these students (Nicholas Roberts, Elizabeth Vargis, and Jonathan Wellons) have had presentations accepted at national conferences being held this summer.

See the CFT’s Teaching-as-Research Fellows page for information on 2008-09 projects, as well as more detailed program information.  Look for the call for proposals for the 2010-2011 cohort soon!

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