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Carl Wieman, PhD            July 26, 2018           

Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education...and Most Other Subjects

A New (and better) Way to Characterize and Evaluate Your Teaching (and everyone else’s)

     

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

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A "Science Sprint" is a one-day intensive event bringing teams of 10-25 undergraduates together to work on a meaningful science problem.

Sprinters will...

  • Gain experience “doing science"
  • Build their resumes
  • Explore new science areas
  • Jumpstart potential research or internship opportunities
  • Make connections with faculty
  • Engage with an interdisciplinary team of students
  • Create a science work product that they can showcase to potential employers
  • Have fun!

T-shirts, lunch and snacks included!

For Fall 2018, Science Sprints will take place on 2-3 Saturdays (dates tbd). Multiple teams will be working on projects on each Sprint day! 

Students: Interested in participating in a Sprint? Fall 2018 Sprint topics will be posted in late August, and registration will open at that time.

UT Faculty: Interested in leading a Sprint? Complete the Science Sprint Proposal Form.

Questions? Email Lynda Gonzales at lyndag@austin.utexas.edu 

 

Past Topics

Spring 2018

Sprint #1: Restoring the Waller Creek Ecosystem

Faculty leader: Dr. Stuart Reichler
Additional collaborators: Dr. Tim Reidel, Dr. Mary Poteet
Project description: Waller Creek runs through campus, and while parts of the creek offer a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of our urban campus, the creek is negatively impacted by runoff from streets and other pollutants.  We have been monitoring the health of the creek and its surrounding ecosystem for several years to determine the general state of the ecosystem, identify sources of pollutants, and ascertain how to improve the health of the ecosystem.  During the Science Sprint, we will explore urban watersheds, collect samples from the creek, and analyze the samples for E. coli, macroorganisms, and the presence of nutrients.
Total number of students on the team: 20-25
Required prerequisites: None
Location: BME 2.506
Time commitment: start time 9am; Sprints usually last 8-10 hrs

Sprint #2: creating dashboards for student success data

Faculty leader: Dr. Shelly Engelman
Additional collaborators: Dr. Sarah Eichhorn
Project description: Students will work on data analysis and visualization projects using College of Natural Sciences institutional data. Clear and compelling visualizations will provide actionable information to faculty, administrators and students. Some results may be showcased on the CNS website and in department-level dashboards or reports.
Total number of students on the team: 21-25
Required prerequisites: All students should be proficient in Excel. Students with more advanced knowledge of Python, R, JavaScript, GoogleCharts, or other programming languages are also encouraged to participate.
Location: WEL 2.128 & 2.140
Time commitment: start time 9am; Sprints usually last 8-10 hrs

SPRINT #3: Pokemon Go Lessons for K-12 Math and Physics

Faculty leader: Dr. Sarah Eichhorn
Project description: Pokemon Go is the first widespread mobile augmented reality game. It is been downloaded by over 800 million users and has made over $1.2 billion in revenue. This sprint will focus on designing lessons and activities for K-12 classrooms to utilize Pokemon Go for mathematics and physics education.
Total number of students on the team: 21-25
Required prerequisites: None - we welcome all students. Students with interest in education, math, physics or mobile gaming are particularly encouraged to attend.
Location: PAI 5.42
Time commitment: start time 9am; Sprints usually last 8-10 hrs

SPRINT #4: Time-Dependent mRNA Expression in Arabidopsis Translation Initiation Factor Mutants

Faculty leader: Dr. Karen Browning & Dr. Sarah Eichhorn
Project description: We will consider data sets for two Arabidopsis mutants, each in a different translation initiation factor, compared to wild type plants. Samples for RNA-seq were taken pre-dawn and at noon. We will look for what mRNAs are up and down expressed based on the time of day. For example, we might expect photosynthesis associated mRNA to vary with day time.
Total number of students on the team: 21-25
Required prerequisites: Participants will need to have taken at least one of the following: 1) Genetics; 2) a Statistics course; or 3) a Computer programming course.
Location: PAI 5.33
Time commitment: start time 9am; Sprints usually last 8-10 hrs 

SPRINT #5: Longhorn Cattle Population Modeling

Faculty leader: Dr. Sarah Eichhorn
Project description: Texas Longhorn cattle are one of America's oldest cattle breeds. The Longhorns almost went extinct in the late 19th century. For this sprint, students will create a mathematical model for the Longhorn population over time, including major influencers such as weather, disease, competition and human predation.
Total number of students on the team: 21-25
Required prerequisites: Participants will need to have taken at least one of the following: 1) Differential Equations; 2) Biology coursework in Ecology and/or Genetics.
Location: PAI 5.33
Time commitment: start time 9am; Sprints usually last 8-10 hrs

SPRINT #6: Designing a high-tech data collection tool for infants

Faculty leader: Dr. Hannah Williamsonn
Project description: Students will take an inter-disciplinary approach to design multiple aspects of a data collection tool to be used in an upcoming human subjects study of family processes. A low-energy Bluetooth beacon will be worn by infants (aged 4, 8, and 12 months) which will be detected by their parents’ phones, to track how much time each parent is spending with the child.
Total number of students on the team:13-16
Required prerequisites: HDFS, TXA, and CS majors who have taken lower division courses will have the most relevant skills, but other students with interest and enthusiasm could also contribute.
Location: PAI 5.42
Time commitment: start time 9am; Sprints usually last 8-10 hrs

SPRINT #7: ASSESSING THE POPULATION DENSITY OF FOX SQUIRRELS, SCIURUS NIGER, ON UT'S CAMPUS, AND THE DAMAGE THEY DO TO CAMPUS TREES

Faculty leader: Dr. Kay McMurry & Dr. Jennifer Fritz
Project description: Students will assess the damage done to campus trees by fox squirrels, Sciurus niger, and collect data used to assess squirrel density by distance sampling. Descriptive statistics of tree damage by zone will be the final product for the day, and this information will be shared with UT Landscape Services for their use. 
Total number of students on the team: 21-25
Required prerequisites: Having taken a statistics or biostatistics would be helpful. 
Location: WEL 2.144
Time commitment: start time 9am; Sprints usually last 8-10 hrs

 

 

 

 

For more information on any of these events, or to suggest additional workshop topics, contact Lynda Gonzales at lyndag@austin.utexas.edu

Fall 2018

NSF GRFP INformation Session

Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 5-6pm
Location: tbd

SCIENCE SPRINTS

Interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 students work together on day-long science projects proposed by UT faculty. 
More Information
Fall 2018 Science Sprints will be posted soon! 

Inventors SPRINTS

Interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 students work together on day-long projects where they identify, formulate and work toward solving real-world problems. 
More Information
Fall 2018 Science Sprints will be posted soon! 

CNS Abroad

A panel session and networking event, to learn about the resources and programs available for students!
Hear from CNS students who have gone abroad.
Speak with Study Abroad Advisors and CNS Faculty Program Leaders
Date: Wed, Sept 19, 2018
Time: 5-6:30pm
Location: PAI 4.42

NSF GRFP Proposal Editing Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 10
Time: 5-6pm
Location: tbd

Graduate and Undergraduate student research connection 

Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 5-6pm
Location: tbd

FInding a research experience: on campus and beyond

This Workshop will help CNS students find research opportunities in faculty labs on the UT campus! During the workshop, students will be guided in 1) Finding labs that are of interest; 2) Approaching a faculty mentor; 3) Exploring possible course credit options, and 4) Planning for faculty expectations. We will also cover information on how to find and apply for summer research and internship programs.

Come to the session that best fits your schedule:

Date: Monday, November 5
Time:4-5pm
Location: tbd

Date: Tuesday, November 6
Time:3:30-4:30pm
Location: tbd

Spring 2019

MD/PhD Career Information Session

Considering an MD/PhD? Come to this information session where you'll hear presentations and a panel discussion with MD/PhD program directors and current students. RSVP to Suzette Nava at s.nava@austin.utexas.edu
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 7-9pm
7:00pm Pizza and networking
7:30-9:00pm Presentations and panel discussion
Location: tbd

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FORUM

Every Spring, the college celebrates its student-scientists at this one-day event. More than 250 students present posters describing their research.
More Information
When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: tbd
Where: Texas Union Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom

Experiential Learning Opportunities For Textiles & Apparel Students

Click on a topic below for links to experiential learning opportunities and support resources. 

Courses 

UT CNS offers many courses in which students have the opportunity to learn through authentic science projects and other experiences. 

See the courses taught with an experiential learning component below. 

Textiles & Apparel courses 
CNS courses - all departments

Undergraduate Research

One of the most in-depth experiential opportunities available to Textiles & Apparel students is
independent research within a faculty member’s research group.

The lists below are not exhaustive. TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities. 

Internships 

The purpose of an internship is to gain valuable skills and experience, explore and refine your career interests, and network with professionals in your field.  Also, internships allow you to apply concepts you have learned in the classroom in a real-world, work environment.  

CNS Career Services is your college resource for career exploration and internships. 

TIDES offers drop-in hours each week in Painter Hall 3.04 for students who would like to discuss strategies for getting invovled in experiential learning activities and connecting with CNS and campus resources. The list below is a sample of opportunities and is not exhaustive. 

 

  • Opportunities

UT in NYC
Fashion Show
Division of Textiles and Apparel Internships
Nike Collaboration
Cotton Incorporated Student Opportunities
CNS Career Services Search Tools for Jobs and Internships
HireUTexas

  • Resources

CNS Career Services Guide for Textiles and Apparel
CNS Course Credit Options for Internships

Study Abroad 

Study abroad programs provide HDFS majors with access to interesting and relevant courses around the world. Immerse yourself in a new culture while earning credits toward your degree.
TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities.
 

Entrepreneurship 

CNS students can engage in entrepreneurial activities both in and out of the classroom. TIDES offers weekly drop-in advising/consulation for CNS students seeking opportunities.

CNS Inventors Program
Startup Science
Bridging Disciplines Programs - Innovation, Creativity & Innovation
Entrepreneurship Resources Across Campus

Other Activities

Science Sprints

If you're interested in "doing science" and are looking for a shorter-term way to be involved, try out a Science Sprint! Science Sprints are one-day intensive, fun events bringing interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 undergraduates together to work on a meaningful science problem. All CNS majors are welcome.
Science Sprint Topics and Registration Information