Friday October 28, 2005

Making Science Attractive

UD is the only Ohio private school among 15 colleges participating in a five-year, $9 million effort to attract undergraduate students to the sciences.

The National Science Foundation announced that the University of Dayton is a part of a five-year, $9 million effort to attract undergraduates into science.

According to the NSF, the money will focus on research in the students' first two years of college whether they are at a two- or four-year institution.

"It is a tremendous opportunity for UD to expand our curriculum to make the sciences more attractive to undergraduate students," said Dave Johnson, UD chemistry department chair. "When fully implemented, it will change the nature of undergraduate chemistry laboratory classes to incorporate students into the scientific thought process. We should not only teach students science but how to think like a scientist."

Organizers hope that 14,000 students become part of the program statewide. The students will use Ohio's high-speed electronic network to develop student-learning communities between the schools. They will use each other's expertise and resources to conduct chemistry research.

UD is the only private school involved in the initiative.

UD, Central State University, the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and Wright State University are among 15 Ohio schools involved in the Research Experiences to Enhance Learning (REEL) initiative based at The Ohio State University.

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