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Becker Research Group - Fall 2021

Our group conducts discipline-based education research (DBER) on how undergraduate chemistry students learn concepts and practices that are critical for success in undergraduate chemistry courses. DBER is an interdisciplinary field of study that combines the disciplinary expertise of scientists and engineers with knowledge of learning theory and educational research methods.

The goal of our research is to improve student learning in undergraduate chemistry courses. We use qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore how students engage in scientific practices such constructing and revising models of chemical phenomena, and engaging in model-based reasoning. We translate our research findings into practice by developing and testing curricular resources for chemistry courses. 

Recent News

New Paper! Chemical Bonding Literature Review

Friday, June 17, 2022
New paper from Kevin, Johnny, and Nicole!

Dr. Johnny Rodriguez will be an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UW-Milwaukee!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
We are excited to share that Johnny will be starting a new position this fall as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee!! Johnny has had an incredible impact on our group and we are sad to see him go; but excited for his career! 

Members recognized at Chemistry Annual Awards Ceremony!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Congratulations to group members Lauren, Dalton, Leah, and Kevin for being recognized at the Department of Chemistry Annual Awards Ceremony! 

Lauren was recognized for earning the Kenneth Sando Undergraduate Scholarship and the Senior Chemistry Alumni Award! Dalton was recognized for earning the Departmental American Institute of Chemists Award! And Leah and Kevin were recognized for earning the Graduate College Summer Research Fellowship. We are so proud of their accomplishments!