“Exploring the value of peer-supported learning in undergraduate chemistry: A comparison of learning assistants and a tutoring center”
Speaker: Rebecca Jones
On average each semester, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University instructs over 1700 students, of which only 15% are majors. Gateway courses such as General and Organic chemistry have very high DFW rates and are notoriously known as “weed-out” courses. As the lecture sections tend to be very large (150-300 students) and lack a supportive recitation, the department has utilized two mechanisms to help improve student performance. Beginning in 2000, with support from the College of Science, the department allocated space and began staffing an in-house tutoring center providing walk-in assistance for general and organic chemistry students. In Fall 2012, the faculty also began working with Learning Assistants (LAs) and now regularly utilize 8-12 LAs per semester in a variety of courses. Since these initiatives have become a part of the department culture, questions have arisen about which intervention is most helpful. In an effort to address these questions, we collected individual records of student interactions with Learning Assistants and the Tutoring Center in Fall 2015 and Spring 2106. These records have been correlated to student grades. Results show that interactions with the Learning Assistants are considerably more frequent and valuable than the Tutoring Center. This presentation will summarize the comparisons made between the different student populations, including those who did not seek any external assistance, and identifies directions for future inquiry.
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club & and the GMU Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences
20 plus Dealers selling Minerals, Fossils, Crystals, Gems, Jewelry, Carvings, Meteorites & more!
Also, Demonstrations, Hands-On, Exhibits, Door Prizes, Scout Teaching Area & Kid’s Activities – including FREE Kidâ€™s Mini-mines & Fossil Dig.
Silent Auction on Sunday afternoon.
Admission to Show/Ballroom:
Adults $6, Seniors $4, Teens (13-17) $3.
FREE – Children (12 & under), Scouts in uniform & GMU Students w/valid ID.
The 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest and only national science festival, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular ‘Nifty Fifty’ science speaker program and X-STEM Symposium. The Festival will culminate in a free Grand Finale Expo on April 6-8, 2018 with Sneak Peek Friday kicking off the weekend. More than 350K+ attendees will celebrate science at the Expo, and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances.
The College of Science will host a table at the festival with experiments showcasing science concepts to attendees.
The College of Science announces a research colloquium specifically for undergraduate research students. Participating students will present a poster at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Colloquium, which is open to the university community.
The purpose of this event is to showcase the variety of undergraduate research projects in the College to other students and to faculty in four categories Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences and STEM Learning & Education. If you are a student engaged in undergraduate research at any level in any academic unit within the College of Science you are encouraged to participate. This year’s event will feature a student poster session, student keynote address, and awards.
Students, use the tabbed sections below to register your poster, submit an abstract and view poster details. If you would like to be considered for the keynote address, please indicate that when you submit your abstract.
This event is FREE of charge for all Mason students, staff, and faculty. Refreshments will be served and monetary awards are available.
Location: Center for the Arts
Date: April 28, 2017
1:00pm-3:00pm: Poster session, Lobby
3:00pm-3:40pm: Networking reception, Lobby
3:45pm-4:00pm: Student Keynote Address, Grand Tier III
4:00pm-4:30pm: Awards, Grand Tier III
March 30, 2018: Abstract submission deadline (250 words or less)
April 14, 2018: Poster submission deadline. Use required template (see Poster Details below)
Please join us at the 5th Annual Fairfax County Elementary and Middle School Science and Engineering Fair organized by Pinnacle Academy and College of Science, George Mason University. Pinnacle Academy’s curriculum includes a heavy STEM emphasis and encourages students to think of learning material in context to real world applications. Annually, Pinnacle Academy students participate in a variety of academic competitions and a school-wide science fair. In collaboration with the STEM Accelerator at COS, Pinnacle Academy created this opportunity for elementary- and middle school students to share their projects on a larger scale and initiated this regional fair.