This program involves undergraduate student-faculty mentor teams in a research-teaching integration strategy (STEM-RTI) designed to:
The teams initially conduct basic research and, based on results and topic fit, develop new lectures and/or laboratory modules that use active learning techniques. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, the new modules are presented by the undergraduate STEM-RTI fellows in courses taught at UTEP. This process engages students in the art of teaching their peers early on.
Students attending the courses evaluate how efficiently their undergraduate peers deliver the modules, while their learning outcomes are evaluated by traditional means such as tests and/or lab reports.
The new modules are disseminated through the annual COURI symposium and this website, while outcomes of the program are being presented at national and international conferences. Workshops will be developed to train others on best research-teaching integration practices derived from this project.
Integrating mentored research, guided curriculum design, and peer-led teaching and learning is having a synergistic impact that extends beyond the training of sponsored students, novel scientific discoveries, and new teaching strategies. The approach is leading to a cycle where: