John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

imageElaine Seymour is co-founder and director emerita of Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). Her work has focused on issues of change in STEM education and careers, including efforts to improve quality, access, and diversity. In recognition of her research on women in science and engineering, WEPAN awarded her their 2002 Betty Vetter Award for Research. Her best-known work, co-authored with Nancy M. Hewitt, Talking about Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences, (1997), is widely cited for its contribution to the nationwide effort to improve undergraduate education in the sciences. She is currently engaged a five-year, multi-institution project to revisit and extend this work. In 2006, she testified before Congress on trends and needs in the reform of STEM education. In addition to her many articles, publications include; Talking about Disability: The Education and Work Experiences of Undergraduates with Disabilities in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Majors (1998); Partners in Innovation: Teaching Assistants in College Science Courses (2005); and Undergraduate Research in the Sciences: Engaging Students in Real Science (2010); and contributing author, Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate STEM Education for the 21st Century (2015). To meet the needs of classroom innovators for course evaluation methods relevant to their learning objectives, she co-developed the widely-used Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) online instrument.