Education and Outreach
Education at all levels is an important part of CLiPS’s mission. Our goals are to increase interest in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) careers, to increase diversity in STEM careers, to increase the public’s scientific literacy, to raise awareness about polymers–their variety and many applications, and to provide training and research opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and to nurture the careers of junior faculty members. CLiPS’s educational programs represent layered research teams that are interactive, multidisciplinary, and are modeled on the enabling technology.
Coordinating these efforts for CLiPS are:
Associate Director for Education and Diversity
Prof. Schiraldi is the Peter A. Asseff, Ph.D. Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Case School of Engineering, and is the Chairman of CWRU’s Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering. His research interests include: Polymer synthesis and structure-property relationships, Condensation polymers, Polymer nanocomposites, Fuel cell durability, Polymerization catalysis, Transport phenomena and packaging, Polymer blends and complex polymer systems.
Executive Director for Planning & Education
Pamela Bligh Glover manages the education programs for the Center and also oversees CLiPS’s operations. She came to CLiPS from CWRU School of Medicine where she was the Education Director and Program Manager for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Initiative project. Previously she managed the education and faculty development programs for the Department of Family Medicine at CWRU School of Medicine. Her educational background is in evaluation and measurement.
Tryreno Sowell, Sr.
Director for Education & Diversity — CWRU
Tryreno Sowell directs the education and diversity programs for CLiPS at CWRU. He manages the Polymer Envoys program and coordinates interactions with the associated high schools, the CLiPS affiliate schools, and the summer REU program. He has a background in mathematics and extensive experience coordinating programs for young people that maximize their retention and achievement in school.
Director for Education & Diversity — UT
Risa Hartman oversees the Center’s educational activities at the University of Texas (Austin). She comes with an extensive background in managing youth and family activities at the YMCA in the Seattle area.
CLiPS’s Education Program Group
- CLiPS Education Program Group
- Graduate Education
- Undergraduate Education
- High School Envoys Program
- Outreach to the Public
- Education Resources
As team members, the students experience increasing levels of responsibility and complexity of assignments as they progress in their education
As a team member gains experience, he or she mentors those as the beginning of the pipeline
At the graduate level, responsibility increases not only from a research perspective. but also from a management perspective in terms of lab time and personal interactions
These teams fulfill the definition of successful “learning communities” that have been documented as an important component in student retention.