Currently active research projects include:
  • Gateway Teen Science Café – Teen-directed monthly conversations about hot topics in science and engineering, held in an informal setting. Program evaluation is examining impact on students’ interest in and attitudes towards STEM. Funded by the National Science Foundation through Science Education Solutions, Inc.
  • Robert Noyce Scholarship Program – This is a five-year grant providing scholarships for pre-service teachers in STEM fields. Program evaluation is exploring the value of a self-efficacy framework for supporting and preparing future STEM teachers. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Motivations in EarthCaching – This research on informal science learning is examining why people participate in the EarthCache program and what they learn. Funded by the SIUE STEP program.
  • Inspire STEM – Partnering with the East St. Louis school district, SIUE is providing teacher professional development, with a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards. Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Astronomy Cast – Weekly pod cast on astronomy topics done by our astronomy research group.
    Graebe STEM Classroom, East St. Louis
  • CosmoQuest is a web site that promotes astronomy research using citizen scientists to analyze visual data from various NASA research missions. Research is focused on keeping the public engaged in the process of scientific discovery. Content also includes teacher classroom materials for astronomy and planetary geology units. Cosmoquest is funded by multiple NASA grants.
  • Maximizing Mentor Effectiveness – Research is examining the best approaches for training mentors to effectively inspire and motivate middle school students as they participate in Botball robotics competitions. Funded by a National Science Foundation ITEST grant.
  • William Frederick Graebe Sr. STEM Classroom at the East St. Louis Charter School – The STEM Center led the design of a high-technology classroom designed to teach students STEM in a way that integrates 21st Century job skills. Researchers are studying the effects of the learning environment on instructional practices and student outcomes. Funded through a private donation and Herman Miller, Inc.

Journal Articles

  • Keel, W.C., Manning, A.M., Benner, W.H., Mezzoprete, M. Lintott, C.J., Schwinski, K., Gay, P.L. and Masters, K.L. (2013). Galaxy Zoo: A Catalogue of Overlapping Galaxy Pairs for Dust Studies. Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (January) 125, 2 (DOI: 10.1086/669233).
  • Locke, S., Libarkin, J., and C.-Y. Chang, 2012. Geoscience education and global development. Journal of Geoscience Education, 60, p. 199-200.


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