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LBC Research




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.
Research in LBC
Collaborations including LBC Faculty
  • Science and Society @ State: The purpose of S3 is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among colleagues across campus who have an interest in combining STEM and/or health research or teaching with scholarship and methods from science studies. We use the term "science studies" to capture the range of scholars who use social science and/or humanistic approaches to study science and/or scientists.

  • BRAID: The BRAID project, "Bridging the Disciplines with Authentic Inquiry & Discourse," is an NSF and MSU project focused on the development and study of experimental interdisciplinary learning experiences for undergraduate science majors in the courses offered at Lyman Briggs College.

  • STEM Alliance: Michigan State University is on the forefront of efforts to innovate and improve undergraduate education in the STEM disciplines. The STEM Alliance is composed of the MSU colleges, institutes, and research groups engaged together in an effort to make Michigan State University the premier public university for undergraduate STEM learning and research.

  • BEACON: The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action approaches evolution in an innovative way, bringing together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and applying this knowledge to solve real-world problems.

  • Create4STEM: CREATE for STEM is an MSU sponsored Institute with a broad mandate for Collaborative Research in Education, Assessment, and Teaching Environments for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The Institute is a joint endeavor of the College of Natural Science and the College of Education at MSU, in coordination with the Office of the Provost.

  • SRPOISE: This consortium supports, advances, and conducts philosophical work that is related to science and engineering and that contributes to public welfare and collective wellbeing. We aim to improve the capacity of philosophers of all specializations to collaborate and engage with scientists, engineers, policy-makers, and a wide range of publics to foster epistemically and ethically responsible scientific and technological research.

  • Scholarship of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning: The MSU SUTL Fellows program has the primary goals of providing a diverse group of graduate students committed to undergraduate education with: a) experience conducting mentored research on undergraduate teaching and learning; b) familiarity with contemporary instruction and assessment techniques; and c) professional and career development opportunities related to undergraduate education. Meeting these goals will result in Fellows who can make meaningful contributions to undergraduate education as practitioners of contemporary scholarly pedagogical methods, as well as contribute to scholarship related to undergraduate teaching and learning.
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