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Turning the tables in chemistry

capturing the imaginations of potential scientists, all of which maximize interaction among undergraduates, teachers, material, yes, even dill pickles, and contemporary technology, such as video games. The overall goal, says Epstein, is to bring the thrill of discovery and learning back into the science classroom.

But beyond that, Epsteins HHMI project involves recruiting and retaining disadvantaged students in collaboration with the Posse Foundation, an organization that selects and trains posses of inner-city students to succeed in college. The students are chosen for their academic and leadership abilities. Epsteins plan is to create a science posse at Brandeis each year that will build on the existing Posse programs strengths but add features tailored specifically to science, such as a two-week pre-Brandeis boot camp, paid lab jobs, and academic support.

If we can succeed in making chemistry more appealing to students by reawakening their instinctive curiosity about the world, and attract and retain more disadvantaged students in chemistry, the impact will be felt well beyond a single discipline, a single university, and a single nation, says Epstein.


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Contact: Laura Gardner
gardner@brandeis.edu
781-736-4204
Brandeis University
7-Jun-2007


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