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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

Vinay defends his Masters thesis!

Friday, November 18, 2022
Congratulations to Vinay who beautifully defended his Masters thesis! He is the first in our group to do a MS thesis and we are so happy for him. Next stop, PhD!

Thesis Title: "Using scaffolded critiquing tasks to analyze how inorganic chemistry students reason with and about chemical bonding models"

Lauren presents at the 2022 Fall Undergraduate Research Festival!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Congratulations to Lauren for a wonderful poster session at the Fall Undergraduate Research Festival (FURF) which is part of her ICRU Research Fellowship - we are so proud!

Lauren is working with Kevin on her project titled: "A qualitative analysts of undergraduate students' modes of reasoning for organic chemistry reactions"

Kevin gives a fantastic 3-Month Research Conference!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Congratulations to Kevin for delivering a fantastic 3-Month Research Conference! This is the final seminar milestone until the dissertation defense! (October 12, 2022)

"What Are They Seeing: How Students Conceptualize and Predict Substitution and Elimination Reactions"