Faculty to Participate in NSF STEM Video Showcase
A project lead by a multidisciplinary team of St. Lawrence University faculty will be featured in the National Science Foundation’s “STEM for All Video Showcase,” which takes place online from May 14 to 21.
The St. Lawrence project team includes Jessica Chapman, associate professor of statistics and Grace J. Fippinger '48 Professor of Sciences; Jeff Chiarenzelli, Archie F. MacAllaster & Barbara Torrey MacAllaster Professor in North Country Studies and James Henry Chapin Professor of Geology and Mineralogy; Adam Hill, assistant professor of chemistry; Judith Nagel-Myers, assistant professor of geology; and, Ivan Ramler, associate professor of statistics.
They present their showcase “Not An Oxymoron: Liberal Arts Science Scholars,” which describes the first three years of the Liberal Arts Science Scholars Program, a National Science Foundation-funded scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S-STEM) project.
“Our S-STEM project has provided additional financial aid to two cohorts of students selected for their academic potential, interest in a STEM field, and financial need,” explained Chapman, who is the principal investigator on Liberal Arts Science Scholars Program at St. Lawrence. “The faculty team has worked closely with these scholars over the past three years and is extremely proud of all they have accomplished. This 3-minute video presentation emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts education, allows scholars to explain in their own words their experiences and explorations, and presents some initial findings from the first three years of our five year grant period.”
Now in its fourth year, the annual showcase will feature more than 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching funded by NSF and other federal agencies. During the weeklong event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.
The theme for this year’s event, “Transforming the Educational Landscape,” showcases video presentations covering a wide-range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, mentoring, informal learning, professional development, research and evaluation, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages, from kindergarten through graduate school as well as adult learners.