Regional Network

Atlanta-PKAL Spring 2010 Meeting:
Exploring Pathways from Classroom Pedagogy to Undergraduate Research

April 16, 2010

Georgia Gwinnett College
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Both classroom pedagogy and the undergraduate research experience are essential components of a vibrant undergraduate STEM experience. The implementation of effective pedagogies in introductory courses is important for gateways into STEM disciplines at the beginning of undergraduate study. At the end of undergraduate study in a STEM discipline, well prepared students must demonstrate the ability to engage in independent inquiry and/or research. This meeting will explore ways in which in-class mentoring with pedagogies can be programmatically connected with out-of-class mentoring in undergraduate research. The presentations, workshops and discussions will be led by STEM faculty who have been exploring pathways from classroom pedagogy to undergraduate research.


  • Robert J. Beichner, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Physics, North Carolina State University; creator of the SCALE-UP pedagogy that has been effectively integrated into several STEM Disciplines and widely adopted in institutions worldwide.



The event will begin at 8:00 am in the North Lobby of the "C" Building with a continental breakfast. The program will begin at 9:00 am in C1100 with Dr. Bob Beichner’s plenary address and guided discussion. Between 4:30 and 6:00 pm, the day will conclude with a reception honoring the PKAL founding Director Jeanne Narum’s retirement and introducing the new Director Dr. Susan Elrod.

We anticipate wonderful spring weather and will take a walking tour of the campus after lunch- wear your walking shoes and join us.


Driving directions to the College and a map of the campus are posted on the campus website. Parking spaces for PKAL attendees will be reserved in the lot to the east of the “B” Building. Look for signs when you get to campus.


  • This event is FULL; registration is closed.
  • Event registration is free and includes lunch and materials.

This event is funded by USG-PRISM-I
Enrichment of the STEM Undergraduate Experience