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Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) — Advancing what works in STEM education

Southern California (SoCAL) PKAL Regional Network

2014 SoCAL PKAL Regional Network Meeting

STEM Education Effectiveness: From Curricular Frameworks to Student Research
February 1, 2014
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, California

CalPoly Library

Meeting Resources Available for Download

Connecting Diverse Stakeholders to Scale-Up and Scaffold Undergraduate Research: Developing Blueprints for Student, Faculty, and Institutional Change
Elizabeth Ambos
Executive Officer
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Designing Comprehensive Undergraduate STEM Education Reform
Dr. Susan Elrod, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics
California State University
, Fresno
Dr. Judy Botelho, Director, Center for Community Engagement
CSU Office of the Chancellor

Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya, Director of Sponsored Research
& Science Liaison
W.M. Keck Science Department
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges

The meeting will focus on STEM Education Effectiveness. The morning and afternoon sessions will allow attendees to explore both curricular frameworks and aspects of undergraduate student research that lead to education benefits for developing students. Ultimately it is our hope to equip faculty and campus leaders to translate national recommendations for improving student learning and success in the various STEM disciplines into scalable and sustainable actions.

Featured speakers will include Principal Investigators from the Keck/PKAL STEM Education Effectiveness Framework team, Dr. Elizabeth Ambos, Executive Officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and small group discussion sessions led by various network faculty.


The meeting begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm. Click here to view the full agenda.

Location & Directions

The meeting will take place at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Parking passes for lot C will be reserved and available from a parking attendant under your name. CSU faculty passes from sister campuses are honored in all Cal Poly Pomona lots. A campus map and driving directions can be downloaded for your convenience.


Registration is online. The registration fee of $30 includes lunch and meeting materials. The registration deadline is January 22, 2014.

Please note, registrants will be asked to identify their preferred topic for small group discussion, from the following choices:

  1. Departments as units of change in undergraduate research experiences
  2. Integrating scientific inquiry and reasoning skills across the curriculum
  3. Building student research into upper division courses
  4. Improving the efficacy of faculty mentors


Please contact Catherine Fry at 202-884-7439;

About SoCAL PKAL Regional Network

Event Overview
Event Registration
Event Agenda
Steering Committee

Past Events

2013 SoCAL PKAL Regional Network Meeting
Interdisciplinarity and Assessment:
Two Necessary Parts of STEM Education

February 2, 2013 at University of Redlands

2012 SoCAL PKAL Regional Network Conference
Engaged STEM Teaching – What Works?
January 21, 2012 at Pomona College

2011 SoCAL PKAL Regional Network Meeting
Networking for STEM Learning
February 5, 2011 at University of La Verne