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Office of Engagement and Outreach

Dept. 4315 | Bureau of Mines 231

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5202

Email: engage@uwyo.edu

OEO STEM Faculty Engagement Fellowship winner

Dr. Caleb Hill

Photograph of Dr. Caleb Hill
Dr. Caleb M. Hill earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Jacksonville State University in 2009 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Alabama in 2014. In 2016, he started his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wyoming. At UW, he leads a research group focused on the development of improved analytical methods for probing chemical processes at individual reactive entities and the application of these methods to gain insights into systems for clean energy conversion and storage. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical analysis, with an emphasis on electrochemical and optical methods.

 

Project Abstract: “Measure Anything”: Educating Wyoming about Measurement Science

 All established scientific theories have been developed to explain some set of empirical data. The measurement techniques employed to generate this data, while invaluable to the scientific endeavor, are often neglected in the dissemination of scientific findings to general audiences. This situation, where science is presented more as canon than a collection of theories that explain tangible experimental observations, can enable a distrust of genuine scientific findings or a lack of healthy skepticism towards pseudoscientific theories. A better understanding of scientific measurements can make science more tangible, improve attitudes towards STEM fields, and make it more likely that students pursue their studies at the university level. In response to this hypothesis, a sustained outreach-inreach program entitled “Measure Anything” will be initiated and designed to improve high school students’ understanding of scientific measurements through hands-on activities at their home institution and through student-directed research projects that utilize analytical resources at UW. During the six month support period, 150 students will participate in in-class learning activities during three visits to WY high schools, and between seven and eight students will be mentored through independent research projects. These visits will be in collaboration with the UW Science Initiative’s LAMP Roadshow, which has established strong relationships with around 40 K-12 educators throughout WY. Involvement in this program will provide students with tangible, hands-on experiences to build upon in their future studies and expand their view of what opportunities exist in STEM fields, both of which will have a positive impact on their attitudes towards these fields and likelihood to pursue their studies at the university level. By making interactions with a diverse group of UW student mentors, a key component of this program, an inclusive environment will be created for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.



 
Contact Us

Office of Engagement and Outreach

Dept. 4315 | Bureau of Mines 231

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5202

Email: engage@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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