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STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU) Summer Program

National Conference to Expand and Scale Up the Program

Update 10/16/19

The Summer STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates from Liberal Arts Institutions (TEU) program hosted a conference at Bryn Mawr College on October 12, 2019 with the purpose to expand and scale up the program nationwide. Attending the conference were 24 individuals representing 16 institutions interested in hosting a TEU site.  The attendees had the opportunity to work with the leadership team and interview several TEU interns about their experiences in the program and post-program.

Here is the agenda for the conference and here are the links to the presentations given at the conference:

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October 11-12, 2019
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA

The conference invites the participation of those who wish to explore developing their own TEU sites or who are interested in learning more about the TEU model. The TEU leadership team plans to submit a five-year NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant proposal under the next program solicitation to add three new TEU sites to the current two. At the conference, teams interested in hosting a TEU site will have the opportunity to work with the TEU leadership team to begin to develop their site plan. 

(Registration is now closed.)

The Summer STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates from Liberal Arts Institutions (TEU) program has developed and tested a model of a summer program that provides undergraduate STEM majors with an immersive experience in secondary mathematics or science education. The model integrates a high-quality discipline-specific pedagogy course and a closely mentored teaching practicum located at a single site, together with a menu of follow up activities during the academic year. Each summer, 12 students participate in a math TEU program at Brown University, Providence RI and 12 participate in a science TEU at Trinity College, Hartford Ct. Sixty-one liberal arts colleges and universities are institutional partners in the project. While the current Science TEU is general, we will welcome proposals to host a TEU site with a specific disciplinary focus, such as biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science.

We now are in year 4 of our current 5-year NSF IUSE award. External program evaluation suggests that the TEU program is a robust model that can be exported to other sites at a range of institutions. There has been substantial student interest in the program: for years 1-4 there have been 223 applications for 96 positions. Longitudinal data show that the TEU program has had a positive impact on participants' interest in teaching. The number of respondents committed to or extremely interested in teaching rose by 40% after participating in the TEU program. Equally impressive, those committed to or extremely interested in teaching in a high-need school rose by 60%. TEU Program graduates already have received professional recognition: eight have been selected as Knowles Teaching Fellows, one as a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow, and others have been accepted into top MAT programs. Research presentations have been made at a number of professional conferences.  

The conference begins with a breakfast on Saturday, October 12th. The program will begin at 8:30am and will end by 4:30pm. An informal dinner will be provided on Friday evening for those who can make it. Travel expenses, accommodation for up to 2 nights, and all meals will be covered for each team of up to 3 people.