An abundance of educational research and our own personal experience as scientists and mathematicians confirms that students learn by doing – not just pipetting, cleaning glassware, or conducting plug-and-chug calculations, but doing work that is meaningful and relevant to the broader community. Through this kind of experiential learning, our undergraduate students get their feet wet, get their hands dirty, try something new, and explore different education and career paths. They problem solve, trouble shoot, try, fail, try again, and learn to persevere. From analyzing data and solving problems in class to working side-by-side with faculty in cutting-edge research, experiential learning is the cornerstone of the innovative, evidence-based education that TIDES aims to foster.
The following resources are available for undergraduate students seeking research-related opportunities: