Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 19, at 11:30am for the CMSE Brown Bag Seminar, which will be presented by Nat Hawkins. Nat has been working with myself and Brian O’Shea for the last year on an education research project aimed at understanding what the critical skills and competencies are that employers look for when hiring undergraduate students, both in industry and academia. Nat’s work is being used to review current CMSE curriculum and will be used to inform future curriculum development. We have currently submitted one paper on this work and will be submitting another in the very near future.
For more information, see Nat’s title and abstract below. The seminar will take place in the CMSE conference rooms (EGR 1502/3).
Title: “Building Foundations for Education Research in CMSE”
Abstract: “With computational modeling and data analysis skills becoming an increasingly integral part of modern scientific work and research, understanding the specific competencies and skills required for individuals to participate in this work is growing more important. Previous efforts have defined these competencies and skills to varying degrees, ranging from recommendations for writing scientific software to entire degree programs in data science; however, the existing computational science education literature is lacking in many ways. Primarily, existing literature lacks a research-based foundation. As part of a year-long project, we conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with experts in academic and industry settings to broadly describe the skills that students need to have in order to participate in work and research in computational science. These interviews and our subsequent analysis of the data were rooted in established research methodologies and thematic analysis techniques, which establishes our work as a first-of-its-kind project in the field of computational science education research. In this talk, we will present the results of our research and describe the future of education research in CMSE.”