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Engaging Underprepared Math Students Lecture, April 9

  • Published: March 29, 2010

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For more information, contact Lynn O’Brien at (585) 389-2583 or

Engaging Underprepared Math Students Lecture, April 9

Nazareth College’s Department of Chemistry and the Robert Noyce Scholars Program are proud to present Learning Chemistry through Inquiry: Engaging Underprepared Math Students, a lecture by Stacey Bretz, on Friday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Golisano Academic Center, Room 325. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lynn O’Brien at (585) 389-2583 or Nazareth is located at 4245 East Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

Bretz is a professor of chemistry at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s in chemistry at Cornell University, her master’s in chemistry at Penn State University, and she holds a doctorate in chemistry education research from Cornell University. Her presentation will discuss the importance of mathematics knowledge as an indicator of success in first year undergraduate chemistry. She will present an intervention grounded in learning theory that was designed to reduce attrition of students with weak math backgrounds. Results regarding content knowledge, course performance, and attrition will be discussed as well as examples of the difficulties students encounter while learning chemistry.

Bretz’s current research focuses on the assessment of student learning and the application of cognitive science theories and qualitative methodologies to chemistry education research. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in February 2010 and is recognized for her contributions to chemistry education research through the combination of learning theory and the development of meaningful assessments and evaluation procedures.

The Nazareth College Roberts Noyce Scholarship Program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. This program funds scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking initial teaching certification in science or mathematics who make a commitment to teach in high-need K-12 schools.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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