Consulting Services

Looking for help with your Educational Research Objectives? Broader Impacts?

The SEER Center members are dedicated to advancing an understanding of the learning and teaching of students and faculty/teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This is accomplished through the strategic study of teaching and learning in undergraduate STEM classrooms.

To advance the mission of the SEER Center at the University of Georgia, SEER members are interested in assisting STEM faculty/staff in translating their scientific pursuits in different educational environments, and assessing consequent student understanding and learning. As one example, SEER Center members might assist STEM faculty/staff in determining how K-12 students or undergraduates grasp their emerging knowledge, or the impact of an educational innovation. This approach aligns with the Broader Impacts components of National Science Foundation or National Institute of Health proposals.

In order to assist faculty/staff in their translation and study of emerging knowledge, SEER Center faculty are available to provide different levels of service to PIs in crafting their research proposals. These different levels will have different fiscal requirements, which correspond to the degree of assistance needed by the STEM faculty/staff member. Below are general descriptors pertaining to the different levels of service.

For information or to arrange a consultation, contact:

SEER Center Outreach Coordinators
Peggy Brickman (brickman@uga.edu)
Julie Luft (jaluft@uga.edu)

Type of ServiceDescriptionCost (negotiated)
ConnectionsThis service involves a short meeting of STEM faculty/staff with SEER faculty to talk about the project and potential impact. The SEER faculty member reviews the project and suggests how an educational component could be embedded in the proposal and a potential scope of work. Potential contacts may be suggested.

SEER Provides: A short 30 minute to 1 hour meeting.
Free
A brief meeting to discuss how the project may connect to education.
Outcomes & Study This service involves STEM faculty/staff meeting with SEER faculty/staff to suggest measureable educational outcomes in a proposal. The STEM faculty/staff should have a good idea of the educational target (e.g., undergraduate, high school) she/he would like to focus upon. SEER faculty will suggest a research approach, measures and potential contributions to the STEM field. SEER faculty will be responsible for collecting these data and supplying a short report.

SEER Provides: The outcomes for a statement in the grant, the items to assess these outcomes, and an MOU describing the agreed upon work – if funded.
$
ComprehensiveThis service involves STEM faculty/staff meeting with SEER faculty to determine how to craft statement for grant proposal that involves translating the emerging STEM knowledge into an educational setting. When this is conceptualized, a way to study the anticipated learning will be provided by SEER researchers. Upon funding, SEER researchers will collect data and provide this data to the PI for her/his report to a funding agency. This level of service contributes to knowledge regarding the learning of students, teachers, and/or faculty in the STEM areas.

SEER Provides: Text for a statement in proposal, review of the section in a grant, a plan for data collection and analysis, and a MOU that describes the work and cost of the work – if funded.
$$
Funds from the grant are allocated to the SEER project .

Example ideas for Broader Impact or inclusivity or engagement in the community:

-Studying the inclusion of a new STEM top in a course on the learning of a student

-Determining the motivation of undergraduates to persist in STEM as a result of an innovation

-Developing instructional materials for K-12 classrooms

-Studying how an instructor learns to teach about his/her content topic

-Studying the learning of undergraduates in the midst of a teaching intervention