Anne Glenn, Professor of Chemistry, and Rob Whitnell, Professor of Chemistry, presented updates on two NSF-funded chemical education projects with which they're associated. Anne presented on "International research experience for undergraduates (REU) program in the United Kingdom," a project in conjunction with Terry Nile (UNC Greensboro) and Mary Crowe (Florida Southern College). Her poster described a summer research program for undergraduates at the University of Bristol and University of Bath in the United Kingdom. This program, in which several Guilford students participated, allowed students to participate in a first class research experience and also gave them the opportunity to study abroad, which can be a challenge for STEM students. Anne's poster described the program, focusing on issues and practices that are unique to an international REU. Rob presented on "POGIL-PCL: Guided inquiry experiments and faculty development for the physical chemistry laboratory", on which he has collaborated with Sally Hunnicutt (Virginia Commonwealth University), Alex Grushow (Rider University), and Marc Muniz (Western Washington University). This project now involves more than 60 faculty nationwide, and is intended to improve student learning in the physical chemistry laboratory (PCL) course through authoring inquiry experiments and provide faculty development opportunities for physical chemistry instructors who are often isolated at their institutions. Rob's talk described the current achievements of the project and the work going forward.
Gail and Rob also presented a poster on "SPIRAL (Strengthening the use of Process, Inquiry, Reflection, and Application in the Laboratory) for introductory chemistry labs: First steps and future prospects." This new project is a collaboration among 10 chemistry faculty from undergraduate institutions and community colleges to develop inquiry experiments in the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) model for introductory chemistry courses including preparatory chemistry, GOB, and general chemistry. The poster described the development process for the experiments and the current status of the more than 17 experiments that this group is developing and testing with students.