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The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education

Is it possible to effect a renewed interest in the physical sciences by including more research experiences in the educational process, especially early on when many students are making or adjusting their choice of majors? Can programs be designed that are especially suited to retaining women and minorities as well as other segments of the undergraduate population?


The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE) is a multi institutional collaboration designed to increase authentic research in undergraduate chemistry classrooms.

Our Goals
CASPiE takes advantage of the complementary strengths and needs of its different partner institutions to develop a program that:

1. Provide first and second year students with access to research experiences as part of the mainstream curriculum. Go to: Course Materials

2. Create a collaborative, “research group” environment for students in the laboratory. Go to: PLTL

3. Provide access to advanced instrumentation for all members of the collaborative to be used for undergraduate research experiences. Go to: Instrument Network

4. Help faculty develop research projects so that their own research capacity is enhanced and the students can participate in this research. Go to: Guidebooks

5. Create a research experience that is engaging for women and ethnic minorities and appropriate for use at various types of institutions, including those with diverse populations. Go to: Evaluation

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