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New Grant, Publication Reinforce Work to Transform STEM Education

New Grant, Publication Reinforce Work to Transform STEM Education

The College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is among a dozen recipients of new "mini-grants" focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from The Association of American Universities (AAU). The announcement comes days after the AAU published a book of case studies about improving STEM education for undergraduates, which includes a chapter about the College's Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES).

Freshman Research Initiative Receives Higher Education Awards

Freshman Research Initiative Receives Higher Education Awards

The College of Natural Sciences' Freshman Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin received the Gold Award for STEM education and the Silver Award winner for "Presence Learning" in a worldwide competition billed as "the Oscars of Higher Education."

Mastering Science through Games and Everyday Art

Mastering Science through Games and Everyday Art

This week, the College of Natural Sciences celebrates Discovery Education Week, which focuses on teaching, curriculum and science communication at UT Austin. In this post, Yan Jessie Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, and Tyler Stack, a biochemistry graduate student, reflect on ways to "instill passion and mastery" in science students.

Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention

Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention

In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, a new study finds that courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students' odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree.

Ten Years In, Freshmen Research Initiative Keeps Blazing Trails

Ten Years In, Freshmen Research Initiative Keeps Blazing Trails

In honor of the Freshman Research Initiative's 10th Anniversary, we take a closer look at the innovative program in this article from the latest issue of The Texas Scientist.

Treisman Named a Distinguished Senior Fellow by Education Think Tank

Treisman Named a Distinguished Senior Fellow by Education Think Tank

Philip 'Uri' Treisman, founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow by the Education Commission of the States, an education policy think tank.

Summer at UT Releases Youths’ Inner Scientists

Summer at UT Releases Youths’ Inner Scientists

Families searching for fun and educational program options this summer need look no further than the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Gender Bias Common in STEM Classrooms

Gender Bias Common in STEM Classrooms

​Male biology students tended to have 19 times more gender bias when nominating the smartest person in the class as opposed to female students, according to recent research done jointly by Sarah Eddy of  the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES) and Dan Grunspan of the University of Washington. 

Keck Foundation Awards $1.5 Million for New Method to Cool Atoms and for Student Research

Keck Foundation Awards $1.5 Million for New Method to Cool Atoms and for Student Research

Graduate student Erik Anciaux works on the “Ultra-Bright Atom Laser” project in the Raizen lab.

The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded scientists at The University of Texas at Austin two grants totaling $1.5 million to develop a powerful, alternative method for cooling atoms and involve more undergraduate students in using new advanced technologies for research.

TIDES Helps Others Learn Science through Discovery

TIDES Helps Others Learn Science through Discovery

Not even a year old, the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science is opening its doors this summer to spread a message beyond the 40 acres about teaching through discovery.