The Center for Science Education (CSE) is situated at the Tufts University School of Medicine in downtown Boston. The center has a long-standing partnership with teachers in the Boston Public Schools and has developed curricula for 10th-12th graders that targets STEM-related competencies and health-literacy, with the goal of increasing student self-efficacy and STEM interest. Teachers who have implemented these curricula are able to significantly increase student engagement, as well as their analytical and problem-solving abilities. These student gains are seen in many diverse schools and are independent of the gender and ethnicity of the students. To support teachers who use their curricula, the CSE has developed a suite of teacher professional development resources including online courses, seminars, and interactive workshops. Recently, in conjunction with the Tufts University College, the center has developed an intensive summer program for high school students interested in the field of medicine (Mini-Med School).
The center is committed to specifically serving minority and under-resourced communities, who are disproportionately under-represented in STEM fields. A new project, funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), focuses on developing new high school curricula to build career awareness and STEM-competency in order to slow the leak in the STEM pipeline. The program will provide financial support for Boston area minority students to attend the Mini-Med School, and will optimize their success with near-peer mentor support before, during, and after participation. Finally, the center will develop new online dual-enrollment courses in which students can gain college credits while still in high school. The courses will incorporate skills and strategies needed for a successful transition to independent learning environments into cutting-edge biomedical science topics.
The Researcher will work closely with the Project Manager. They contribute to curriculum development and evaluation for all phases of the program. They will help develop research protocols and participate in data collection and analysis. They will participate in development and implementation of teacher professional development workshops, and generally support teachers as they use the new curricula. They will work with others in the office to develop the near-peer mentorship program for the intensive residential summer program.
Develops outline and materials for new high school curricula with Project Manager.
Collaborates with Principal Investigator to develop materials for dual-enrollment courses.
Contributes to the design and implementation of the near-peer mentorship program.
Aids in design of research study, including development of research protocols.
Contributes to the collection and analysis of data.
Liaises with teacher partners ensuring they are trained in following research protocols.
Develops and helps implement teacher professional development programs.
Under direction of faculty or senior research staff, participates in design and development of research study, execution of protocols and plans, data analysis and reporting of results for research projects and studies. May provide training and direction to support staff, temps and student workers.