2024 North Carolina PKAL Regional Network Meeting

Artificial Intelligence in Undergraduate STEM Education

A Virtual Event Hosted by North Carolina Central University and Wake Technical Community College

April 12, 2024

Virtual Meeting


Project Kaleidoscope is AAC&U’s center of STEM higher education reform initiatives, dedicated to empowering all STEM faculty and administrators to graduate more students who are competitively trained in STEM disciplines and liberally educated for an increasingly technologically-based world. The PKAL Regional Networks provide low-cost, effective professional development opportunities for STEM faculty and administrators to foster a caring community, explore and advance modern undergraduate STEM pedagogies, disseminate findings from undergraduate STEM research and practice, and promote STEM faculty career advancement.

As we look at the undergraduate STEM education landscape, one of the major disruptors is artificial intelligence. This meeting offers practical applications and implications for AI both in and out of the STEM classroom. This meeting intentionally incorporates networking time to discuss ideas with presenters and participants. Whether you are an AI novice, skeptic, or expert, you will find relevant information at this meeting.


8:30 - 9:00 AM

Open Zoom Room

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Introduction and Welcome

Kelly Mack
Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education; and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, American Association of Colleges & Universities

Gail Hollowell
Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University; Co Director of NC PKAL

Jackie Swanik
Associate Dean, Wake Technical Community College; Co Director of NC PKAL

9:15 – 10:15 AM

Keynote Presentation
Efficacy of Artificial Intelligence Applications in STEM Education

Sambit Bhattacharya
Professor of Computer Science & Director of the Intelligent Systems Lab, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Fayetteville State University

10:15 – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Spark Talks ( 10 min each - 7 minute presentation; 3 min Q&A)

#1) 10:30 - 10:40 AM

Leveraging Generative AI to Teach the Design of Data Visualizations
Benjamin Lear, Penn State

#2) 10:40 - 10:50 AM

Introducing AI in Statistics Courses
Andre Waschka, Mercer University

#3) 10:50 - 11:00 AM

Transformation in teaching methodologies and assessment through AI
Umesh Silwal, UNC Charlotte

#4) 11:00 - 11:15 AM

Enhancing group work: How chatbots can support your students
Ellen Wisner, UNC - Charlotte

#5) 11:15 - 11:30 AM

Taking a small step toward incorporating AI in course development
Lauren Woods, UNC - Charlotte

11:30 – 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Poster Sessions (2 breakout rooms)

Explorers and Experimenters: A Study of the Faculty Landscape of Critical AI Literacy at a STEM University
Kimberly LeChasseur, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Predicting Women Students' Major: STEM vs Non-STEM
Patricia Berchiolli, Lynn University

12:15 - 1:00 PM


1:00-2:00 PM

Featured Workshop
Strategies for Incorporating Generative AI into Undergraduate STEM Teaching and Learning

Aaron Trocki
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Elon University

2:00-2:15 PM                 

Closing Remarks

Jackie Swanik and Gail Hollowell, Co-Directors of PKAL

Important Dates To Remember

  • Call for proposals opens.

  • Registration opens.

  • Call for proposals closes.

  • Notices of acceptance released.

  • Registration closes. Deadline to upload posters/lightning talk slides.

  • NC PKAL Regional Network Meeting occurs.


Click below to register for the meeting. The deadline to register is March 22, 2024.

Faculty and Administration
Graduate Students

Meeting Highlights

Keynote Speaker

Sambit Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science & Director of the Intelligent Systems Lab
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Fayetteville State University

Efficacy of Artificial Intelligence Applications in STEM Education

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been integrated into educational practices for some time, yet the emergence of generative AI has rapidly increased the impact of AI on education's trajectory, especially since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022. This development, along with subsequent generative AI technologies, has sparked interest among educators and students regarding the application of these tools, while also raising concerns about potential misuses. Generative AI refers to advanced AI systems capable of creating text, images, audio, video, and code by learning from vast datasets. When prompted by a user, these models generate unique responses by drawing upon patterns found in data processed training algorithms. Each generated output, although novel, is derived from the model's extensive analysis of its training data, reshaped into a response that aligns with the user's input. The rapid spread of generative AI has been extraordinary, surpassing the adoption rate of any previous technological advancement. The integration and utilization of generative AI tools are fast becoming a norm, with businesses and higher education institutions anticipating that students will be proficient in generative AI applications.

In this presentation the speaker will demystify AI, provide background on the different forms of AI including generative AI, and will cover current and potential applications of AI in the realm of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The speaker will seek to elucidate what AI encompasses within STEM fields and to showcase faculty-driven examples of how AI has transformed traditional pedagogical assessments and facilitated the creation of new, AI-sensitive assignments. Some case studies where faculty members have successfully integrated AI into their curriculum will be discussed. These examples include the use of AI for customizing student assessments, providing real-time feedback, and creating dynamic assignment parameters that adapt to student performance, and content about AI that infuses AI into non-computing curricula. The speaker will discuss the use of AI-driven tools to complete some common tasks that you expect your students to do. Some examples of using AI tools will include explaining or illustrating an important course concept, selecting a good research question, solving a practice problem, or drafting code, creating multimedia presentations that explain key concepts.

Workshop Facilitator

Aaron Trocki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Elon University

Strategies for Incorporating Generative AI into Undergraduate STEM Teaching and Learning

The recent availability of generative AI chatbots such as ChatGPT has changed the way students can approach academics. In response, institutes of higher learning have developed statements meant to guide users of AI toward ethical and productive ends. An overarching concern on behalf of faculty is that AI will do things they would expect students to do on their own. In this workshop, we will learn about a framework for incorporating generative AI into undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. We will also examine student feedback on a college-level writing assignment in STEM that purposefully infused prompt engineering in ChatGPT. We will then collaborate to adapt and design assignments and assessments that incorporate student use of AI chatbots. Finally, we will gain actionable strategies for transforming STEM teaching and learning with this emerging technology.

North Carolina PKAL Regional Meeting Hosts

Your hosts for this meeting are Drs. Gail Hollowell (Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University) and Jackie Swanik (Associate Dean, Wake Technical Community College). For more information about the meeting, please contact them directly.

Dr. Gail Hollowell
[email protected]

Dr. Jackie Swanik,
[email protected]