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II) Why Earlham (Charlie 15 min)
II) Why Earlham (Charlie 15 min)
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Notes
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*re-read grant RFP
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*re-read grant proposal
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*paul's one pager on the history of student/faculty research at earlham
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*timed run-through
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Why Earlham?
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*How much time spent with small liberal arts colleges?  Answer dictates level of coverage in different parts of what follows.
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*Tension between Quaker modesty and our desire to put the best facia on our college and our people.
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*Overview of Earlham
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**1847, Quakers were a large portion of the early settlers to this area
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**Liberal arts with masters in teaching and seminaries
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**Quaker
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***Governance
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***Student/faculty interactions
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**Teaching first and formost
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*Student Body
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**International
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**Diversity (science in particular)
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***Efforts to improve enrollments in STEM disciplines
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**Selectivity
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**Curriculum
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***liberal arts, distribution requirements (new language)
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***science a part of everyone's course of study
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****actual details of the requirements
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****more below on our majors
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*Science division
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**our cohesiveness and collective strength
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***multidisc exp
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**major strength to PhD
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***particular departments
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***overlap w/ major/minors
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**student/faculty research experience (history, current)
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**Computational Experience
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***Folding@Home
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***Computational Economics
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***LittleFe and SC Education
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**Instrumentation and Experience
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**Pedagogical creativity experience
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*Closing
III) Why Project (Ron 10 min)
III) Why Project (Ron 10 min)
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undergraduate research, curricular use of computational modeling and  
undergraduate research, curricular use of computational modeling and  
interdisciplinary projects
interdisciplinary projects
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V) Why Keck (Lori 5 min)
V) Why Keck (Lori 5 min)
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• Keck support would also raise the visibility of the sciences regionally and nationally.
• Keck support would also raise the visibility of the sciences regionally and nationally.
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Wrap-up: Review, questions, tour next (Mike 5 min)
Wrap-up: Review, questions, tour next (Mike 5 min)

Revision as of 19:18, 24 September 2006

I) Who we are (Mike 5 min)

II) Why Earlham (Charlie 15 min) Notes

Why Earlham?

III) Why Project (Ron 10 min)

IV) What Project (50 min total)

Dissemination activities will include:

• NITLE workshop on integrating multi-disciplinary computational methods into the undergraduate science curriculum. We have already arranged with the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) to offer a workshop for our peers where we will describe what we have done and offer suggestions for how similar programs can be implemented at their institutions.

• Earlham Science Poster Session (held each Fall)

• Student presentation of papers at regional and national scientific conferences (Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, Geological Society of America, American Chemical Society, etc).

• CUR publications and programs

• Student/Faculty papers in science pedagogy journals and basic science journals, as appropriate.

Evaluation will include:

• External evaluation both during and at the conclusion of the grant period

• Qualitative evaluation: open-ended surveys, interviews

• Quantitative evaluation: quantitative surveys, pre and post grant levels of undergraduate research, curricular use of computational modeling and interdisciplinary projects

V) Why Keck (Lori 5 min)

Why Keck:

• Long tradition of supporting curricular innovation: Funding for undergraduate research at small liberal arts colleges is limited. The W.M. Keck Foundation is known and respected throughout the scientific community as a foundation that supports innovative science programs at high-quality libral arts institutions.

• Limited sources of support for such a comprehensive multidisciplinary program: Most sources support only limited interdisciplinary work (bio and chem., for example) and most do not support such work at undergraduate institutions


• NSF funding for science education at 4yr institutions has been flat for past 10 years and curricular improvements funding has decreased by 50% over same timeframe


• Strong supporter of computational science education: the Keck Undergraduate Computational Science Education Consortium headed by Capital University.

• Keck support would also raise the visibility of the sciences regionally and nationally.

Wrap-up: Review, questions, tour next (Mike 5 min)

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