United We Stand: Lessons Learned from a Consortium of Small Astronomy Departments

Partridge, Bruce (2010) United We Stand: Lessons Learned from a Consortium of Small Astronomy Departments. In: Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future. ASP Conference Series.

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Abstract

In 1989, the astronomy departments of eight liberal arts colleges located in the northeast formed a consortium to broaden undergraduate research opportunities and to form a “meta- department” of approximately 25 research astronomers. Each of the participating departments is small (typically, two faculty members), so forming the consortium naturally broadened the research interests of this “virtual department.” With generous initial support from the W.M. Keck Foundation, we established a summer exchange program to allow our undergraduates to do research at any of the participating colleges. We also inaugurated a student research symposium at which all summer research students from the eight institutions could report their scientific findings in astronomy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 02:05
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:10
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/721

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