Science Resources for Undergraduate Education In All Scientific Fields

Science Foundations, Centers, Laboratories

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) (Supported by the National Science Foundation and the W. M. Keck Foundation).
An organization dedicated to disseminating information about “what works in building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in…science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).” This website links to a rich set of resources for undergraduate faculty in these fields, ranging from material for institutional transformation to the academic program and its pedagogy.

SENCER-Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities.
SENCER seeks to improve undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education by connecting learning to critical civic questions, to real world problems, thus making “science more real, accessible, ‘useful’ and civically important.”
This site links to model courses, other teaching resources, and multiple assessment materials (including SENCER-SALG, Student Assessment of Learning Gains).
National Science Foundation.
A federal agency that promotes the progress of science through grants, programs, and publications. The site contains links to science and engineering statistics, funding and awards, and much more. Click on “Classroom Resources” for learning materials in specific scientific fields. 

Argonne National Laboratory (A U.S. Dept. of Energy Lab managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC).
This site offers information on Argonne’s educational programs at all levels, a free downloadable Image Library in many scientific and technical fields, and other resources that may be useful for teaching.

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (SUNY at Buffalo).
A comprehensive online resource for case study teaching in the sciences with information for those at all levels of proficiency in teaching with case studies.  Includes a case study collection with examples in a wide range of scientific fields; articles; assessment materials; online sources for case ideas; and links to science education journals.

Delta Program at U of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Delta Program is a research, teaching and learning community for faculty, academic staff, post-docs, and grad students that will help current and future faculty succeed in the changing landscape of science, engineering, and math in higher education. Through three core ideas –teaching-as-research, learning-through-diversity, and learning communities,–– the Delta Program supports current and future STEM faculty in their ongoing improvement of student learning.

National Institute for Science Education (Funded by the National Science Foundation, a Project of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research).
Although funding for this institute ended in 2001, this site links to several ongoing college-level projects for teaching in the sciences, as well as all materials from the 5-year grant period for the institute from NSF and other agencies.

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Resources for Teaching in the Sciences

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, Expanded Edition, online version, by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking, editors (National Research Council’s Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, CBASSE, 2000).
A complete online copy of this well-respected book that summarizes current cognitive learning theory and its implications for education today and in the future.

Science Teaching Reconsidered: A Handbook (Committee on Undergraduate Science Education, National Research Council, 1997).
Information and recommendations for more effective teaching in the sciences.  Selected text of this handbook is available online; PDF may be purchased.

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, POGIL (partially funded by NSF grants).
POGIL is a research-based learning environment for high school through college in which self-managed teams in science courses engage in guided inquiry activities.  This site offers resources, curriculum materials, and abstracts of articles about this approach.

Teaching for Retention in Science, Engineering, and Math Disciplines: A Guide for Faculty” by Marie Kendall Brown, Chad Hershock, Cynthia J. Finelli, Chris O’Neal, 2009 (University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching).
This Occasional Paper, No. 25, summarizes the research, describes specific classroom strategies, and offers practical advice for faculty teaching STEM disciplines.

The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College.
This Center works to improve science education at all levels, but it especially emphasizes undergraduate STEM disciplines.  Offers extensive web resources for science educators including teaching methods and activities, course design, assessment, and examples.

Mazur Group (Harvard University).
A Harvard research group that includes education research as well as physics research.  The site offers links to ongoing research into peer instruction, gender and physics, the value of classrooms demonstrations, and technology and education.

Learning Through Technology, LT2, (University of Wisconsin, Madison).
This site was designed for postsecondary instructors of Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology to provide information on using technology to enhance learning in these fields. Includes descriptions of technology in use, case studies, and assessment materials.

Digital Library for Earth System Education, DLESE (National Science Foundation).
Offers a searchable database of high quality teaching and learning resources about the Earth such as scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips.  Support services for creating, using, and sharing educational resources.

Understanding Science: How Science Really Works (UC Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley with NSF funding).
A K-16 resource for science educators and their students. Click on Teachers’ Lounge 13-16 for links to teaching tips, sample starting activities, and other undergraduate science resources with an emphasis on the nature and purpose of science.

Resources in Science and Engineering Education (Richard Felder, North Carolina State University).
Richard Felder’s Homepage is the gateway to a rich set of articles, advice, and research to promote better teaching and learning in the sciences.  Provides information on teaching methods, the Index of Learning Styles, cooperative learning and other active learning strategies, tutorials, and articles by Dr. Felder.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (University of Wisconsin with a grant from NSF).
Committed to advancing the teaching of the STEM disciplines in higher education.  Offers diversity resources, guidebooks on aspects of college teaching, and networking.  Their highly regarded resource book is online or downloadable as a PDF: Reaching All Students: A Resource Book for Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The CIRTL Café (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education).
This is a network exchange program for STEM graduate students, post-docs, and faculty based on three Pillars:  Teaching-as-Research, Learning Communities, and Learning-through-Diversity.  The Café features an online library, online courses, and members’ blogs.  A site worth checking out!

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Syllabi and Course Materials in the Sciences

MERLOT, Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching.
Portal to discipline communities in the sciences, offering peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials, assignments, and other resources.

MIT OpenCourseWare (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Free source for curricula, syllabi, and course materials in MIT’s undergraduate and graduate courses.  Includes lecture notes, exams, videos, and other resources.

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Resources for Teaching Evolution

Evolution Resources (From the National Academies of Sciences).
A comprehensive collection of books, reports, statements, papers, articles and web resources about evolution, including science and religion issues, legal issues, and material for educators.

Teaching Evolution Effectively:  A Central Dilemma and Alternative Strategies” by Craig E. Nelson (Indiana University).
In this article for the McGill Journal of Education (Spring 2007) Nelson presents 3 scientifically and pedagogically accepted strategies for helping students develop more scientifically valid understandings of evolution.

National Center for Science Education, NCSE:  Defending the Teaching of Evolution in Public Schools.
This Center provides advice and links to resources for teaching evolution in the science classroom.

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Minorities in STEM Fields

Assessing Programs to Improve Minority Participation in STEM Fields:  What We Know and What We Need to Know,” by Cheryl B. Leggon and Willie Pearson, Jr. (Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Public Policy).
This article reviews selected published studies and unpublished documented reports of the most effective and/or promising programs in increasing STEM diversity at the various degree and early professional levels.

Science Diversity Center (Funded by NSF).
Provides K-16 educational resources to foster increased participation by underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.  Offers funding and research opportunities for STEM faculty and students plus links to resources.

Diversity Resources (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, University of Wisconsin with a grant from NSF).
Links to Diversity Resources for inclusive teaching practices in STEM fields.  Links down the left side of the page to the resource book, case book, and syllabi project are especially useful.

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Women in STEM Fields

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)” by Kristine De Welde, Florida Gulf Coast University and Sandra Laursen and Heather Thiry, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007.
Statistics and other facts on the representation of women in the STEM disciplines.

American Institute of Physics: Women in Physics.
Statistics and trends for women working in physics and astronomy, plus links to sites of additional interest.

Women, Work and the Academy: What We Can Learn from Computer Science’s Differences from other Sciences” by Ellen Spertus (The Barnard Center for Research on Women, December 9-10, 2004).
Discusses the decline in women in undergraduate computer science while the number of female PhDs and college faculty in computer science has increased.

National Science Foundation ADVANCE:  Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers.
Provides information about the NSF program to increase the representation of women in STEM careers.  Includes funding opportunities.

Gender Issues in Science/Math Education (GISME):  Over 700 Annotated References & 1000 URL’s—Part 1 (Richard R. Hake, Emeritus at Indiana University, and Jeffrey V. Mallow, Loyola University of Chicago).
Part I is arranged in Alphabetical Order.  Part 2 brings up some of the same references in Subject Order.

Also see the Diversity Resources annotated above from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

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Assessment in the Sciences

Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Instructors, FLAG (National Institute for Science Education, U of Wisconsin-Madison).
FLAG offers classroom assessment techniques (CATs) and discipline-specific tools for college and university STEM instructors to use in evaluating student learning, attitudes and performance.  A comprehensive site with many teaching and learning materials.

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Michigan State University Resources for Teaching Science

MSU College of Natural Science.

Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning (CRCSTL).
MSU faculty center for research on instructional design, implementation, and assessment of student learning outcomes in college science teaching.

Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST) at MSU.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, FIRST provides long-term professional development in inquiry-based learning for life science faculty.

CIRTL Network:  Committed to Advancing the Teaching of STEM Disciplines in Higher Education.
This Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning is an NSF Center dedicated to preparing future STEM faculty committed to effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences. The goal is improvement in learning and an increase in diversity in STEM fields.  See the CIRTL website for resources, a Café, and more at

MSU, through the Graduate School is a member of the CIRTL Network with a website at  The MSU CIRTRL Program sponsors the FAST Fellowship Program for MSU graduate students (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching)

See also on this website Undergraduate Research, which provides links on undergraduate research for both faculty and students.

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Michigan State University Science Resources for Students

Science Resources for Students (Michigan State University’s Learning Resources Center).
Links to numerous sites with resources for comprehending concepts in science texts and lectures. Covers biology, anatomy, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, plus other useful sites.

Undergraduate Research at Michigan State University.

A database of research, scholarship, and creative opportunities fro MSU undergraduate students.

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