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9/10/2008 —

Faculty members at Penn State Brandywine will share their strategies for engaging undergraduate students in research during a panel discussion led by Dr. Laura Guertin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 in the Vairo Library lower level lounge. As part of this year’s Faculty Forum, Guertin, associate professor of earth and mineral sciences; Phyllis Cole, professor of English; John Tierney, professor of chemistry; and Ivan Esparragoza, associate professor of engineering, will explore various research environments, such as in the classroom, in the field, across campuses, and internationally.

Guertin, who strongly promotes undergraduate research on campus, became interested in the idea as an undergraduate at Bucknell University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in geology. During her career at Bucknell, she kept busy with undergraduate research projects extending from New York to the Florida Keys.

Currently at Penn State Brandywine, Guertin’s primary research focus is the effective integration of innovative technologies and pedagogies to improve student learning in introductory-level geoscience courses, including adding handheld technology such as Palm Pilots to field-based research experiences. She serves as the program coordinator for the campus’ Jane Cooper and Schreyer Honors Programs and co-coordinator for the intercollege minor in civic and community engagement, where she looks to expand the research opportunities for undergraduate students.

The program is free and open to the public.

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