How organizations, structures, systems, and norms adapt to improve STEM learning practices and outcomes, including broadening participation in STEM through improved equity and inclusion.

AISL Framework (2015-2020)

This project centers on the creation and validation of a theoretically-grounded and empirically-derived Framework for professional growth and learning within the informal STEM learning (ISL) field. The Framework will be useful to ISL practitioners at any stage of their education or career by laying out the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to guide professional growth.

Landscape Overview of University Systems and People Supporting Scientists in their Public Engagement Efforts (2017-2018)

This study was commissioned by the Rita Allen Foundation to support a national scale initiative to support scientists in their public engagement efforts.  Scientists and engineers wishing to conduct public engagement do so in the context of established disciplinary norms and complex institutional systems that may support or limit their success. This study resulted in a report that conveys the known complexity and unique challenges for universities trying to support scientists in their public engagement work. It also summarizes the potential levers of change to improve this system.

CAISE Evaluation (2016-2021)

The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is a resource center funded through a cooperative agreement with the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program.

ARIS (2018-2023)

ARIS logoThe ARIS Center is a collaboration between 12 universities launched in September 2018 with an award from the National Science Foundation (OIA 1810732) and a mission to Advance Research Impacts in Society through four initiatives: building capacity; advancing scholarship; growing partnerships; and curating resources. Dr.

Revealing Progress toward Promotion and Tenure Reform in the Academy (2018-2020)

Funded by the Kavli Foundation, Center researchers Julie Risien, Holly Cho, and Brianna Keys are conducting this research in collaboration with several partners including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Association of Universities, and the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities.  Researchers are working to uncover and broadly share examples that demonstrate the department-scale pr

BID: Grounding Institutional Partnerships in Structures for Broader Impacts Design (2017-2022)

Higher education institutions and informal science education centers share a common interest in lowering the barriers that separate science and the public. These groups desire tools and strategies for developing mutually beneficial relationships to work together towards this common interest.

AAAS Science of Team Science (2016-18)

trellis AAAS logoLed by Martin Storksdieck and Louise Woodley, the STEM Research Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have partnered to develop a research program that examines the processes by which scientific teams organize, communicate, and collaborate through

Corvallis School District Tablet Evaluation (2016)

Corvallis School District logoThe Corvallis School District has introduced about 4,000 tablet computers into classrooms with the intent to provide students with access to personal devices and digital resources to support their learning. The implementation of the “tablet program” began in 2012 with the goal of connecting every student to a deeper and more personalized learning experience with instructional technology.