Discipline-Based Education Research Group welcomes graduate students

October 16, 2013  

Purdue graduate students whose research interests involve education applied to the STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics) can find resources and support from a newly formed interdisciplinary student organization.

The Discipline-Based Education Research Group (DBER-GS) is welcoming new and current graduate students interested in all types of education research, but particularly those focused on biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, agriculture and related sciences.

DBER-GS's major objective is to create a community where participants share their graduate school experiences and ideas about research education, and also discuss research policy, seminar papers, methodologies, instructional practices and related issues. The goal of the organization is to form a supportive community that helps its members conduct their research beyond the assistance of faculty and mentors in their own department.

DBER-GS was formed by Purdue graduate students from different disciplines -- including physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and entomology -- who share a passion for science and education. One of those students is Faith Weeks, who is studying entomology education.

"DBER is a mentoring group," Weeks says. "You can learn from the group how to use, for example, statistical programs, and how to find databases. We also know how to help you learn about conferences and how to get your work published."

Interested students can join DBER-GS, which meets every other Friday in Smith Hall, Room 131, for seminars, discussions, workshops and social activities. DBER-GS's next meeting is at 1 p.m. Friday (Oct. 18).

For more information, join the group at DBER-GS on Google Group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dber-gs- or contact mhands@purdue.edu.

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