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Quality Learning Fund Awards 2007

The College of Science Quality Learning Fund was established to support proposals for new initiatives to enhance the learning centered mission of the College. The College General Fund budget will allocate $100,000 each year to support the exploration of new approaches and strategies that focus on learning in and out of the classroom. The expected results of this investment are new initiatives to maintain and build the College and Departments as learning centered organizations. Joint and interdisciplinary projects
are encouraged.

Awards Granted

“Students In Action” will expand on an enormously successful service learning program by establishing a year-long series of classes. By Dr. Chris George (Project Director), Dr. Jonathan Baskin  & Michael A. Brown   Read more.....

“Use of Modern Technologies to Enhance Learning in the Microbiology Laboratory” By Christos Stathopoulos (Project Director), Wei-Jen Lin & Jill Adler-Moore. A proposal to update the basic instructional equipment including new microscopes and critical equipment that will enable us to modify our laboratory exercises and curriculum to include more up-to-date assays which require more sensitive instrumentation for detection. Read more......

"Revising the Organic Lab Curriculum to be more Learning-Centered" By Philip S. Beauchamp, Francis X. Flores, Floyd L. Klavetter, James A. Rego, Laurie S. Starkey (Project Director). A plan to create and implement new experiments and online supplemental materials..... Read more.....

"Chemistry Learning Labs" By Edward Walton (Project Director), Joelle Opotowsky& Barbara Burke.

A project to transform the CHM 121 labs into investigative learning centers that truly promote understanding concepts, rather than the  “cook-book”, follow-the-directions labs. Read more.....

"Introducing Programming Concepts with a 3D Interactive Animation Environment" By Robert Kerbs (Project Director) & Gilbert Young. A proposal to create novel and innovative approaches to improve student success computer programming. Read more.....

"Integrate Low-Cost Robots into Classroom to Enhance Learning" By Fang Tang (Project Director). A proposal to bring low-cost robots into the classroom to enhance students’ learning experience. Read more.....

"College of Science International Field Studies Program: Costa Rica, Central America" By Jeffrey S. Marshall (Project Director)  & Jonathan A. Nourse. A proposal to initiate a College of Science International Field Studies Program in Costa Rica, Central America allowing student exposure to new and unique field environments that expand their perspective on the natural world, and broaden their understanding of global connections. Read more..... See web site for courses in 2008

"Development of a Web-based Practice Test for the MDPT" By Berit Givens (Project Director) & Amber Rosin. The MDPT (Mathematics Department Placement Test) is a significant hurdle for many students university-wide. This proposal seeks to develop a more extensive online version of the practice test.  Read more.....

"Developing a Novel Integrative Lecture/Laboratory Course" By Nina Abramzon(Project Director), Kurt Vandervoort & Hector Mireles. A proposal to develop a series of experimental spectroscopy modules for 3rd yeard Physics ....Read more.....