Session S14a (Sunday, 2pm, Thomas 216)

P87: Implementing a 'Research Across the Curriculum' program in the chemistry and biology departments

Tara Kishbaugh (Eastern Mennonite University, USA), Stephen Cessna (Eastern Mennonite University, USA)

The value of authentic research experiences is well documented; however, it can be difficult to implement for all students and across the developmental spectrum.  At Eastern Mennonite University, we have incorporated research projects into several courses across both the chemistry and biology departments, including non-majors and introductory courses as well as upper-level courses.  We describe our attempts to assess the success of this approach and how this has changed the culture of research in our departments.  We have iteratively developed an analytic rubric for assessing learning in the areas of high order cognitive skills, demonstration of the nature of science, and effective scientific communication skills.  This rubric is adaptable for different courses and across various developmental levels.  Finally, we will briefly describe our difficulties assessing growth in student understanding the nature of science.

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