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.
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:
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/
Jordan Gerton, University of Utah
Michael Schatz, Georgia Tech
Stephen Bradforth, University of Southern California
William Dichtel, Cornell University
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:
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