The Puerto Rico-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PR-LSAMP) invites you to participate in the 19th Best Practices Conference on Teaching and Learning (BPC): Practical Approaches in STEM Education and Research


Rationale and main focus of the 19th BPC:

Participants in the previous BPC voiced interest in addressing practical challenges in STEM education related to student misconceptions, student engagement, and producing scholarly works using data collected in courses and projects. This interest, and the global call for evidence-based practices in both STEM education and student interventions, led our PR-LSAMP team to organize the 19th BPC on practical approaches related to misconceptions, multiculturalism, and the production of scholarly works. Furthermore, there will be space for faculty to showcase their research and data on STEM education and to begin transforming existing data and ideas into scholarly works in STEM education and research. 


Professional development and networking:

Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, discuss concepts, and explore potential teaching and research directions during this BPC. For context, all speakers are fully bilingual, Spanish and English, and have educational and research experiences in Puerto Rico. BPC Participants may include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, and informal educators. PR-LSAMP will provide a Certificate of Participation to each participant. This Certificate can be used for ethics and professional development hours.



February 28 & 29, 2020

Location and general agenda*:

Session 1 - February 28 (8 AM – 4:30 PM) 

Teatro Monseñor Vicente Murga, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (PUCPR)-Ponce


Session 2 - February 29 (8 AM – 12 PM) 

Sala Madre Teresa de Calcuta, Edificio Perea, PUCPR-Ponce


Light breakfast and lunch will be served to all registered participants on February 28, and light breakfast will be served to all registered participants on February 29.




Madeline Vargas, Ph.D.
Rosa Carrasquillo, Ph.D.

College of the Holy Cross

Nuevo modelo de integración interdisciplinaria:
Mejores prácticas para la enseñanza de las ciencias y las humanidades



Centrada en el objetivo de aprendizaje de integración interdisciplinaria, esta presentación documenta el modelo pedagógico de combinar exitosamente las disciplinas de microbiología e historia para poder entender mejor esta época antropocina, en especial los fenómenos de huracanes y el colonialismo. Este modelo llama a la colaboración cuidadosa y metodológica. Mientras los cursos de Microbiología de un Huracán e Historia de Puerto Rico mantienen la integridad disciplinaria reuniéndose por separado durante el semestre, en cinco sesiones diferentes ambos cursos se reunen para analizar documentos de temas de interés común. Los estudiantes tienen la responsabilidad de actuar como expertos en los campos de microbiología o historia empleando el conocimiento adquirido en sus respectivos cursos. En cada sesión común, los estudiantes colaboran para producir un reporte escrito que combina el análisis de las diferentes disciplinas. Estas asignaciones culminan en un podcast. Todas las asignaciones son evaluadas para medir la efectividad del modelo y la presentación termina con un resumen de los resultados. 




Franco Delogu, Ph.D.
Lawrence Technological University

Course-based research experience as a pedagogical model to make higher education accessible to all students



Traditional models of STEM education have proven limited in their ability to increase enrollment, retention and graduation of underserved populations of students. An effective solution to these challenges is Course-based Research Experience (CURE) pedagogy. According to the CURE model, students are exposed to research as early as their first year of university, when retention of STEM students is most critical and effective. The CURE model makes research activity an integral part of a regular course, so all students enrolled in the course can be included in the intervention. This eliminates the concern of self-selection, and it also makes research experience accessible to students who have conflicting commitments such as work or childcare. Thus, non-traditional students, who comprise a priority population for high-impact intervention, can obtain research experience like their peers who have fewer demands on their time.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) transformed a significant portion of its course offerings into CURE based courses, such that CURE is becoming a standard method of education of the college as a whole. This initiative involves a large number of faculty modifying a large number of courses to reach a “critical mass” that will allow CURE to become a sustainable pedagogy and reach all students in the college. Students at LTU are exposed to multiple CRE courses throughout their degree programs. The intervention includes both STEM disciplines such as chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics, and physics and non-STEM disciplines, like psychology, the social sciences, and the humanities. A working group consisting of faculty from all departments and programs in the college leads this transformation. Founded in 2014, that group now includes 20 faculty members, and new members join the community every year.

In his presentation, Dr. Delogu will describe the general principles of the CURE program at LTU providing actual examples on how those principles are applied to CURE courses in several disciplines. Finally, he will discuss with faculty about applicability and challenges of massive CURE programs in Puerto Rico.


*Details of the (a) final agenda, (b) invited speaker presentation titles, abstracts, and biographies, (c) the poster session for faculty (please see below) 



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Questions, comments, suggestions:

If you have questions or comments about this announcement or the 19h BPC please contact Dr. Eduardo Nicolau  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 787-765-5170, x2013, x2016, or x2067. 

Thanks, we look forward to meet you at the 19th BPC!

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