Building Student Confidence in STEM – Programs that Promote Student Success 

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Lisa Dierker, Ph.D.
Walter Crowell University Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology
Wesleyan University
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Ashley McDonald, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
California Polytechnic State University

Learn about novel approaches to teaching and learning that build student confidence in working with data.

Dr. Lisa Dierker provides a behind-the-scenes look at Passion-Driven Statistics, a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). This CURE engages students in authentic projects with large, real-world data to develop their own original research. The model is shown to attract higher rates of under-represented minority students, build confidence in working with data, and increase the likelihood of having a career working with data. 
Dr. Ashley McDonald showcases the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI), an education program that offers resources that allow faculty to develop discipline-specific curriculum to incorporate programming and data analysis into a range of STEM courses.