LBC faculty conduct grant-funded, peer-reviewed research across a broad array of disciplines in the mathematical, physical, and life sciences, and in the social scientific and humanistic studies of science. Within this diverse research portfolio, LBC offers two unique and interdisciplinary research areas: history, philosophy, and sociology of science (HPS) and disciplinary-based educational research (DBER). Consistent with our educational mission and our goal to retain diverse students in STEM fields, we stress student research immersion through multi-week course projects; professorial assistantships; honors seminars; the INQUIRE program; our federally-funded BRAID, S-STEM and REU programs; and College research awards.
Lyman Briggs College is home to one of the nation's largest faculty cohorts in the HPS disciplines, with emphasis areas in the environment, evolution, gender, and medicine. Combining this with the campus-wide science studies expertise (including in STEM education), MSU has the strongest science studies expertise in the world. Working with colleagues from across multiple MSU colleges, LBC faculty recently launched Science and Society @ State
, an intellectual community to pursue joint projects and grant proposals on HPS research, STEM Education, and related fields.
Lyman Briggs College is unique in uniting DBER expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, math and statistics within one community that embraces cross-field collaboration on course design and implementation. Our long-standing BRAID
program studies how interdisciplinary courses impact student learning; LBC classes are both the laboratories for undertaking these studies and the first beneficiaries of the results. We also are helping to build MSU's reputation as a national center of DBER excellence through our participation in the MSU STEM Alliance
, a coalition of colleges and research institutes focused on improving undergraduate education in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.