Grants & Awards

Cottrell Scholar Awards

Collaborative/Teaching Resources

The Cottrell Scholars Collaborative, begun in 2011, is an inclusive, cross-disciplinary group of more than 250 outstanding teacher/scholars who have received Cottrell Scholar awards since the start of the program in 1994.

The Collaborative’s overarching goal is to improve undergraduate science education at research universities across the country. Through teamwork and in partnership with national initiatives, the Collaborative is developing creative approaches to the chronic problem of undergraduate retention in science programs, as well as insightful new approaches to overcome the traditional bottlenecks to student learning.

Various members of the Collaborative meet throughout the year. Current chair is Seth Cohen, professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

Collaborative Grants

As a result of discussions and collaborations formed at the July 2012 conference, four teams received Collaborative Grants. This funding is meant to support projects that can change the culture of a department or institution or connect with a national initiative related to improving undergraduate teaching in research universities. The 2012 grants and the principal investigators are:

  • Cottrell Repository for Effective Science Teaching (CREST)

Mike Hildreth, University of Notre Dame

Geoffrey Hutchison, University of Pittsburgh

CREST has created a website, through the University of Notre Dame, for Cottrell Scholars and any science faculty to share information and teaching ideas and announce events. The website is https://cottrell.nd.edu/

 

  • Mobilizing the Forgotten Army: Equipping TAs with Inquiry-Based Instruction Methods

Jordan Gerton, University of Utah

Michael Schatz, Georgia Tech

  • Effective Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (EETL) – Searching for New Approaches to R1 STEM Teaching Evaluation

Stephen Bradforth, University of Southern California

William Dichtel, Cornell University

  • Cottrell Comic Challenge Project (CCCP): A Pilot Program for Attracting and Developing Graphic Talent for a Novel Outreach Project

Snezana Stanimirovic, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Yadong Yin, University of California, Riverside

Michael Gladders, University of Chicago

Karen Bjorkman, University of Toledo

Sarbajit Banerjee, SUNY at Buffalo

In addition, collaborative grants that emerged from the 2011 Cottrell Scholars Conference, and which are still ongoing, include:

  • “Effective Practices in Learning and Pedagogy from Cottrell Scholars: A High Impact Text for Educational Leadership in the 21st Century.” Scholar collaborators: Penny Beuning , Northeastern University; Scott Snyder , Columbia University, and David Besson , University of Kansas;
  • “CS Collaborative Think and Do Tank.” Scholar collaborators: Jennifer Ross, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and James Martin, North Carolina State University;
  • New Faculty Orientation Workshops” (in collaboration with the American Chemical Society). Scholar collaborators: Rory Waterman University of Vermont, and Andrew Feig, Wayne State University.

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