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About the U-FERN project
Field stations and marine labs often provide specific types of training not available elsewhere in the undergraduate education system. These programs have the potential to reach a broad range of undergraduates across the U.S. and the world, and a tremendous investment is made in these programs each year. For these reasons, it is critical to consider how to best provide effective educational experiences at these venues and in other extended field programs. The Undergraduate Field Experiences in Research Network (U-FERN) seeks to understand the impacts of these types of experiences and to build a community of practitioners working together with education researchers to share and develop effective practices that are inclusive of all students. The network will connect current knowledge about the persistence of underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with practitioners of undergraduate field experiences to harness the power of active learning as a potential for increasing participation and persistence in the field-based sciences. Read more…