Mission – exploring, supporting, and coordinating research and education in the natural and mathematical sciences through innovative thinking, and responsibility to our students, staff, faculty, and society.

Vision – to be recognized and respected as a premier research college with a diverse and dynamic network of faculty and staff who work to collaboratively extend the boundaries of science and pursue excellence in the delivery and innovation of teaching and learning in STEM.

Values – knowledge, excellence, scholarship, integrity, innovation, inclusion, accountability, service, and community.

Recent Submissions

  • The program and policy change framework: A new tool to measure research use in low- and middle-income countries 

    Fowle, Karen; Wells, Brent; Day, Melissa; Kumar, Anjali; Bess, Cameron; Bingham, Brian; Wayman, Annica (Oxford University Press, 2020-09-23)
    Organizations that fund research to address global development challenges are increasingly interested in measuring the social and economic outcomes of research. However, traditional metrics for measuring research outputs ...
  • Spermathecal variation in temperate Opiliones 

    Zulekha, Karachiwalla; Tagide, deCarvalho; Mercedes, Burns (Oxford University Press, 2020-08-17)
    Most arachnid fertilization occurs internally, allowing for a variety of post-copulatory mechanisms to take place. Females are expected to exert some level of control over sperm fate when 1) the point of gametic fusion is ...

    Kowalewski, Caitlin; Stanwyck, Liz; LaCourse, William R.
    UMBC, a diverse public research university, has a reputation for producing highly capable undergraduate scholars. Unfortunately, many students place into mathematics courses at a lower level than those that offer degree ...
  • Students’ Understanding and Perceptions of Assigned Team Roles in a Classroom Laboratory Environment 

    Ott, Laura E.; Kephart, Kerrie; Stolle-McAllister, Kathleen; R. LaCourse, William (NSTA, 2018-03-01)
    Using a cooperative learning framework in a quantitative reasoning laboratory course, students were assigned to static teams of four in which they adopted roles that rotated regularly. The roles included: team leader, ...
  • Discovery Learning: Development of a Unique Active Learning Environment for Introductory Chemistry 

    Ott, Laura E.; Carpenter, Tara S.; Hamilton, Diana S.; LaCourse, William R. (The Trustees of Indiana University, 2018-12-10)
    It is well established that active learning results in greater gains in student conceptual knowledge and retention compared to traditional modes of learning. However, active learning can be very difficult to implement in ...
  • Awareness, Analysis, and Action: Curricular Alignment for Student Success in General Chemistry 

    Jewett, Sarah; Sutphin, Kathy; Gierasch, Tiffany; Hamilton, Pauline; Lilly, Kathleen; Miller, Kristine; Newlin, Donald; Pires, Richard; Sherer, Maureen; LaCourse, William R. (ACS Publications, 2018)
    This article examines the ways that a shared faculty experience across five partner institutions led to a deep awareness of the curriculum and pedagogy of general chemistry coursework, and ultimately, to a collaborative ...