Developing a better understanding of teaching and learning in chemistry
The Cole Research Group

The Cole group is interested in issues related to how students learn chemistry and how that guides the design of instructional materials and teaching strategies. Much of our research focuses on the impact of teaching strategies on student learning and attitudes. We've also been investigating how to improve the impact of innovative research based teaching strategies and instructional materials.

 

Group News

2017

July: Jennifer successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Schmidt-McCormack! Jennifer is starting a post-doc position with Ginger Shultz at the University of Michigan in August.

July: Jennifer, Gil, and Dr. Cole presented their work at the Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) Conference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

June: Gil and Ian presented their work at the CER Graduate Student and Post-doc Professional Development Conference at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

June: Ashlie and Dr. Cole presented their work at the CER Gordon Research Conference at Bates College in Lewistown, Maine.

June: Ian and Dr. Cole held their first workshop for the PALAC project where they helped analytical chemistry faculty develop materials for active learning courses.

April: Jennifer presented at the Spring ACS Meeting in San Francisco, California.

January: Gil and Dr. Cole held their annual ELIPSS project meeting at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

2016

November: Gil passed his comprehensive exam and advanced to PhD candidacy. Nice job, Gil!

August: Marika Takemura joined the research group as our new graduate student. Welcome to the group, Marika!

August: Jennifer, Jaime, Gil, Ian, and Dr. Cole presented their work at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.

July: Ashlie Wrenne joined the research group as our new post-doctoral researcher. Ashlie completed her PhD in Chemical Education Research with Diane Bunce at Catholic University. Welcome to the group, Ashlie!

June: Courtney successfully defended her thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Stanford! Courtney is starting a post-doc position with Suzanne Ruder at Virginia Commonwealth University in August.

May: Jennifer was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Iowa Graduate College. Congrats, Jennifer!

January: Jennifer, Gil, and Dr. Cole held their annual ELIPSS project meeting at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

2015

August: Dr. Cole became an ACS Fellow for her service to the society and to chemistry. Congratulations, Dr. Cole!

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    Cole Group Spring 2017