Undergraduate Education Program

Portland State University

Zhiqiang Chen
Portland, OR
$300,000
June 2017

Portland State University plans to develop an online electron microscopy platform that will offer nanoscience education to undergraduates via virtual instrument simulators.  The platform will serve as a national model for undergraduate education programs with complex scientific instruments by improving and expanding research and technical training.  This project will complete the ongoing development of a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) simulator in the platform, carry out an education assessment to compare the costs and learning outcomes for using on-site, hands-on TEM versus the TEM simulator, and disseminate the simulator via existing education courses and programs by offering the platform to undergraduate students from any university.  The project is bridging a gap between existing virtual products too narrowly focused to meet the needs of undergraduate education. It launches effective instrument-based education infrastructure to a broader audience without the need for large capital instrument investments, particularly for undergraduate students with limited resources to attain desired learning outcomes.

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