STEM Alliance December 2015 Meeting


Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 11:30am


International Center, Spartan Rooms B&C


The December meeting built on the Interdisciplinary Research Forum on Undergraduate STEM Education sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies in September 2015.  The forum was attended by >100 faculty and academic staff members from 5 different colleges engaged in STEM Education efforts.  At the December meeting, we discussed the results of the survey completed by forum participants and used the results as a staring point for discussions focused on expanding STEM Education research and reform at MSU.  In the second half of the meeting we will learn more about the individual course transformation projects supported by MSU’s HHMI program, LEVERS: Leveraging Engagement and Vision to Encourage Retention in STEM.

Below are links to the small group discussion recommendations and HHMI PowerPoint presentations.



11:20 a.m.             Registration begins, Lunch available

11:40 a.m.             Welcome and Overview

                                    Sekhar Chivukula, Associate Dean, College of Natural Science        

11:45 p.m.           Lunch and small group discussions based on issues raised in the Interdisciplinary Research Forum on Undergraduate STEM Education forum

12:15 p.m.            Large group report out

12:30 p.m.            HHMI LEVERS Project

Justin Carmel, Post-doctoral Researcher, Chemistry

Bill Martinez, Post-doctoral Researcher, Physics

Aklilu Zeleke, Professor, Statistics and Probability and Lyman Briggs College

Robert Pennock, Professor, Lyman Briggs College, Dept. of Philosophy, Dept. of Computer Science & Eng., Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior


1:20 p.m.               Wrap-up and Announcements