Science Teachers' Research

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Science Teachers' Research


Science teachers' research experiences can affect the achievement of their students, increasing students' performance significantly on state assessments. There are also economic benefits--to the schools and to society at large--in having science teachers take part in research experiences. Samuel C. Silverstein of Columbia University and colleagues describe their findings in Science magazine.

Silverstein, former chairman of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and professor of medicine at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons, is also founder and director of Columbia University's Summer Research Program for Secondary School Science Teachers (CUSRP).

CUSRP is a program that brings middle and high school science teachers from the New York City metropolitan area to Columbia's campuses to work on research projects, under the guidance of faculty mentors, for two successive summers. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the teachers work in all scientific disciplines represented at Columbia University, from biology and medical sciences to chemistry, physics, astronomy, engineering, and Earth sciences. …

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