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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

Dr. Scharlott off to Berea College!

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Congratulations to Leah, who will be starting a Visiting Assistant Professor role at Berea College in Berea, KY this fall! We wish her the best!

Introducing Leah Scharlott, PhD!!

Thursday, July 20, 2023
We are so proud of Dr. Leah Scharlott who successfully defended her thesis! (July 17, 2023)

Vinay presents at the Gordon Research Conference!

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Vinay did a wonderful job presenting his work at the Gordon Research Conference (Chemistry Education) at Bates College in Maine!  Poster title: "Using a scaffolded critiquing task to promote engagement in metamodeling knowledge: Analyzing how students reason with and about bonding models"