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Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience (CSIE)


Apply to become a Fall 2018 CSIE Faculty Fellow!


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Department Head Approval

The CSIE program is now taking applications for the Faculty Fellowship program.  All tenure-track/tenured faculty and full-time lecturers are welcome to apply.  Part-time lecturers are invited to apply if they partner with a faculty member or full-time lecturer (can be from any department). The seminar is hosted by the FDC and will be held in Room 109B Halle Library (the Collaboratory). The day and time of the seminar is yet to be determined. Application deadline is September 15th, 2018.

  • Upon full completion of the seminar 

    (attendance and assignments) and development of a CSIE course, participants will receive a $500 honorarium.  When the CSIE course is fully implemented, the participant will receive an additional $500 honorarium.

CSIE Program Information

In October 2005, the National Science Foundation awarded Eastern Michigan University a five year grant to support the project entitled “Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience: Developing Integrated Science Curriculum to Increase STEM* Graduates.” 

EMU now has its second grant to institutionalize the CSIE program, through the US Department of Education Title III, Strengthening Institutional Programs grant for the next five years.

The intent of the project is to implement interventions that support high academic standards, promote faculty collaboration across disciplines, and increase student performance and persistence in demanding fields.

The project introduced its first CSIEs in Fall 2006.

CSIE Project Goals:

  • Improve student success rate, in STEM courses by developing CSIEs: clusters of courses based on a common theme.
  • Support student academic-career development and subject-mastery skills by producing integrated and experiential learning activities for the CSIEs.
  • Offer faculty a wide range of professional development, course released-time, and support to produce and sustain integrated content and pedagogical shifts in course and content delivery.
  • Institutionalize key project components to ensure that the CSIE Program is brought to full scale by the fifth year and sustained beyond project completion.
  • Evaluate the results of CSIE on STEM students' recruitment, retention, academic progress, and graduation rates, and broadly disseminate the results of this effort to other universities nationally.

CSIE Measurable Outcomes:

  • Improve retention in STEM (short term)--number of majors declared and retained in STEM one year after the CSIE experience.
  • Improve academic progress to Graduation (long term)--number of STEM credits/term, timely completion of pre-requisites courses, correct course sequencing within major/minor programs, reduced course repeats due to E grades and withdrawals.
  • Improve factors that affect the above including faculty relationships, student commitment to STEM study and careers, student connection to the community with science as means of meeting community needs and solving community problems.

CSIE Strategies:  Faculty incorporate specific teaching strategies to make the connections among classes more transparent and accessible to first and second-year students. Strategies developed during CSIE Faculty Fellows Institutes include:

  • Interdisciplinary, theme based experiences,
  • Research-specific skill development and team building,
  • Academic service-learning (AS-L) experiences and community-based research,
  • Timely academic advising, long-term academic planning, and
  • Career exploration and opportunities for mentorship with faculty and community professionals.

*science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

How Students Benefit

Students can enroll in a Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience (CSIE); they can co-register in one or two specific courses from science, mathematics, or technology combined with a one credit hour CSIE seminar. Each CSIE course will feature the following:

Inquiry-based courses
CSIE students will explore problems and solutions from the unique perspective of different disciplines under the guidance of faculty & experts from the community.

Customized academic support
CSIE scholars receive the benefit of smaller classes. Each class is provided additional academic support from Peer leaders & Lab assistants and useful guidance from faculty about effective study strategies.

Career exploration and mentorship opportunities
Public, private, and non-profit sector professionals—including EMU alumni—from a variety of fields will visit the CSIE classes to share strategies for success and real world application of STEM academic programs and to create the opportunity for mentoring relationships.

Academic Service-Learning through community-based research
CSIE scholars engage in academically relevant community service or research to gain a deeper understanding of specific course objectives. The application of newly acquired skills—grounded in scientific rigor—enhances educational achievement. Guided reflection about the experience fosters civic awareness and personal growth.

Community of scholars
College students and higher education research describe the opportunity to share academic challenges in a community of scholars as essential to college students’ engagement and enjoyment.  Students get to know each other well and often develop lasting friendships in this team-oriented environment.