The American Chemical Society (ACS), the SENCER Centers of Innovation Southwest and South, and Bellhaven University welcome you to Jackson, Mississippi and to our symposium with a theme of STEM Education in Mississippi: Issues and Innovations. Throughout a full-day of activities, we will focus on use of innovative and proven pedagogy to reduce barriers to learning, student success, and retention. Presenters include educators and administrators from throughout the country. 

We look forward to seeing you at Belhaven’s Kim Center -- Friday, September 29, 2017! Remember to REGISTER so we know how many meals to prepare!

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Friday, September 29 • 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Civic Engagement Research Projects Embedded in Environmental Courses

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Civic Engagement project work can enhance student learning and undergraduate research projects are known as high impact practices. For Saint Marys' College students, the environmental chemistry course has a community based research (CBR) project incorporated into the lab curriculum to facilitate discovery and reinforce content learning. The civic engagement research can range from simple dissolved oxygen measurements to elemental soil screening (using field portable XRF). For effective research, students build proficiency with the instrumentation on a test site before addressing the community's site or issue. For all project work, students collect data, have a guided reflection, and communicate their results to the community partner. Embedding CBR in the curriculum expands the number of students who are introduced to research and yields a dynamic curriculum which benefits the students, the faculty and the community. Incorporating this civic engagement adds new access challenges yet the benefits for student learning outweigh the added work. Three illustrious examples are discussed highlighting both the benefits and challenges. Some student attitudinal responses were assessed as a portion of the evidence of student learning gains. The XRF soil screening work has also generated a new research area for the instructor and this added benefit will be highlighted.

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Steven Bachofer

Professor, Saint Mary’s College
Steven Bachofer is a professor of chemistry at Saint Mary's College of California. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of the Pacific and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Brown University.  Steve worked as a research chemist in the consumer products... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Kim Center 103