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$1.9M NSF-funded Initiative to Transform UIC Undergraduate Chemistry Offerings

Supported by a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Illinois Chicago department of chemistry will launch a project consisting of evidence-based research of teaching and learning practices, course and curriculum revisions and faculty development, all with the intention of enhancing STEM education for undergraduate students.

The work will be supported by professional development offered jointly by UIC’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity.

The initiative, which aims to serve the “modern chemistry student,” will incorporate current research and societal problems to improve how courses prepare students to apply their knowledge to contemporary issues.

Donald Wink, UIC professor of chemistry and the grant’s principal investigator, says the program, which will begin this fall, has several unique aspects.