A three year, $499,340 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) grant has been awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to enhance undergraduate physics courses at the university. The award, granted by the National Science Foundation and administered through Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES), is meant to provide life science majors with a better understanding of foundational physics concepts through a lecture/studio model that utilizes hands-on activities and computer simulations to encourage collaborate problem-solving.
Physics and Astronomy professor Laurie McNeil is the principal investigator (PI) on the award. Co-PIs include Alice Churukian, David Smith, and Duane Deardorff from Physics and Astronomy, along with Jean DeSaix in Biology. The project will include multiple UNC departments and will also involve Duke faculty.
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