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MissionTo support and inspire aflourishing community of learning.Table of contentsOn the Cover: Baylor students in the Garden of Contentment at Armstrong Browning Library. Source: Baylor Photography.Advisory CouncilBill Bellinger, Professor and Chair,ReligionEllen Filgo, Assistant Director forResearch and Engagement,University LibrariesChris Hansen, Professor and Chair,Film and Digital MediaHelen Harris, Associate Professor,Social WorkGary Mortenson, Professor and Dean,School of MusicCoretta Pittman, Associate Professor,EnglishStephen Reid, Professor,Truett SeminaryLaine Scales, Professor, Social Work;Master TeacherAnne-Marie Schultz, Professor,Philosophy; Director, BaylorInterdisciplinary CoreCharles Weaver, Professor and Chair,Psychology and NeuroscienceRachel Woods, Assistant ClinicalProfessor, ManagementDavide Zori, Assistant Professor,Baylor Interdisciplinary CoreStaff3Baylor’s Commitment to Excellence inTeaching Integral to Tier 14STEM Mentoring with Trey Cade andthe Baylor Institute for Air Science5Project-based Mentoring with ByronNewberry and Baylor Baja6Visualizing a Future: Baylor’s McNairScholars Program7Undergraduate Research AcrossCampus with Tammy Adair and URSA8Campus Map: Where UndergraduateExcellence is Happening10Five Leadership Opportunities forUndergraduates12Model United Nations: A Model ofStudent Engagement and Opportunity14Baylor Teaching Awards15From the Director16Spring 2020 SET CalendarDirector –Lenore WrightAssistant Director –Christopher RichmannPostdoctoral Teaching Fellow inSTEM Education Lyndsay DiPietroManager of Operations –Craig Clarkson2019-20 Graduate Fellows –Alex FoglemanXing MengAubrey MorrisTori NeisesHannah NormanFelicia OsburnChristopher RuizStephanie Wong2Baylor University

Baylor’s Commitment to Excellencein Teaching Integral to Tier 1Provost Nancy BrickhouseBaylor’s selection earlier this fallby U.S. News & World Report asthe 20th ranked university in thecountry for “Best UndergraduateTeaching” came as no surpriseto those of us who have knownBaylor for decades. Commitmentto high-quality undergraduateeducation stretches back 175years to Baylor’s foundingin Independence. Creativeapproaches to teaching,the deep integration ofresearch and teaching,and life-changingmentorship are aspectsof undergraduateeducation thatBaylor studentshave experiencedfor generations.I experiencedBaylor’s powerfulundergraduateteaching first-handas an undergraduatechemistry major. Theprofessors who investedin my life shaped mein profound ways and set me on atrajectory that eventually led meback to Baylor in May 2019.Baylor’s commitment to highquality teaching continues innumerous ways today, but twostand out as prominent. The firstis through Illuminate, Baylor’sbold and inspiring strategic plan.At the same time that we aspireto achieve R1/Tier 1 recognition,Pillar #2 of Illuminate challengesus to extend and reinvigorateBaylor’s historic commitmentto undergraduate teaching.Illuminate expects us to do so byproviding a transformationaleducation through whichstudents “develop their leadershippotential, explore their faith andbeliefs, increase their desire forwisdom, and prepare for servicein a diverse and interconnectedglobal society.” Pillar #2 furthercalls upon us to be a universitythat provides “transformativeundergraduate experiencesthat combine unwaveringChristian commitment, informedengagement, and academicexcellence in a way that isunparalleled within highereducation.” Those are indeed highaspirations for us to achieve, but,with 175 years of history behindus, a new generation of facultywill no doubt rise to the occasion.We will achieve these expectationsfound in pillar #2 of Illuminate justas we will achieve the goals foundin the other three pillars that areguiding us.Academy for Teaching and LearningA second way in which Baylorextends its commitment to highquality undergraduate teaching isthrough the work of the Academyfor Teaching and Learning (ATL).Founded in 2008, the ATL’s twofold purpose is to: 1) support andinspire a flourishing communityof learning, and 2) promotethe integration of teaching,scholarship, collegiality, andservice in a Christianenvironment. Whetherit be through theSummer FacultyInstitute, the BaylorFellows program,the Provost’s FacultyForum, or any ofthe other myriadopportunities offeredby the ATL, theAcademy offers aconstant source ofcreativity, ingenuity,and excitement aroundthe most-pressingpedagogical questionsof our day. I encourageall faculty to explore the ATL’swebsite to learn more abouthow you might benefit fromeverything that the Academy hasto offer.I am grateful to our faculty, theleadership of the Academy forTeaching and Learning, andto everyone else—past andpresent—who invests so muchtime and energy to ensuring thattransformational undergraduateeducation will always be the veryheart of Baylor University.3

STEM MentoringTrey Cade, Assistant Research Professor and Director of the Baylor Institute for Air Science;Danny Amado, senior Aviation Science majorThis conversation has been edited forclarity and brevity.ATL: How did you get involvedworking together?Danny: Dr. Cade teaches a spaceweather class, and as part of mycourse requirement I had to takeit. But just taking the class I sawhow fascinating [the material]was. One of his previous labassistants, Courtney Turner, wasalso a role model to me. Seeinghow much fun she was having andhow excited she was about [theresearch] got me excited. Whenshe was going to graduate a spotopened up [in Dr. Cade’s lab] and Iapplied for it.ATL: Danny, have you learnedthings here that have changedwhat you see yourself doing afterBaylor?ATL: What do you each feelyou have gained from workingtogether?Danny: Mine would be therelationship established with Dr.Cade. He was the first person Imet when I got to Baylor and Ithought I wanted to be a pilot,and he was there when I waspanicking because I couldn’t bea pilot. He also wrote me a letterof recommendation that waspretty much the reason I got ascholarship and have continued toget that scholarship, so I am reallythankful for that. Just to know thathe cares about his students and hecares about me, just having that.Dr. Cade: From a few perspectives:one is the practical perspectiveof the data collection that thestudents do are things that Ipersonally find hard to find thetime to do myself. If the studentsweren’t doing this type of work, itprobably wouldn’t get done, andI probably wouldn’t have researchto present. On a more personallevel, the opportunity to work withDanny: With my major it is morepractice orientated. I had alwayswanted to do more scientificthings, and so this was a goodopportunity for me to be ableto get out and do that and havesome more experience outside ofwhat I thought I wanted to do. Ithas really opened my eyes to thedifferent things that I am capableof doing and different interests Ihave.4Baylor Universitystudents outside the classroom inmore hands-on applications andthe ability to develop relationshipswith students, and to hopefullybe able to contribute in someway to the development of thatstudent. Selfishly for me, I loveworking with students, I meanthat’s why I am here. Dannymentioned Courtney Turner. Iwant to mention her because shegot to do something unique. Wepresented the research at an AGU(American Geophysical Union)conference, and she presentedthe poster herself. This is thelargest Earth and Space Scienceconference in the world. Not alot of undergraduates get to dosomething like that.ATL: Danny, for otherundergraduates, would youpromote them getting involved inresearch regardless of what yearthey are in their program?Danny: Yes, I think it would bebeneficial especially becauseit helps you establish thatrelationship with the professor but

also builds confidence in yourselfand your ability to do certainthings you didn’t think you coulddo.ATL: How do you feel Baylorcompares with other universitiesin regards to undergraduateresearch?Dr. Cade: This is the only[university] I have seen this focusplaced on undergraduate researchexperiences. In most places it isexclusively the world of graduatestudents. I think this is somethingthat is important, unique, andexciting for Baylor to do, as I feelthose experiences are extremelyimportant.Project-based MentoringDr. Byron Newberry is the facultyadvisor for Baylor Baja, anengineering team that designs,builds, markets, and races anall-terrain vehicle in an annualinternational competitionsponsored by the Society ofAutomotive Engineers. Thisconversation has been edited forclarity and brevity.ATL: What do you think studentsgain from team competitions likeBaja?Dr. Newberry: There are severalanswers to that question. Oneis simply motivation. They couldhave a class on how to design acar and learn a lot in that class,but nothing quite motivateslearning more than having to goand compete. Another thing isthat learning things hands-on isa tremendous way to reinforcethe ideas you’ve learned. A thirdthing, which we try to emphasizethroughout our curriculum inengineering, is the teamworkaspect. The project is biggerthan any one person can takeon, so you have to rely on otherpeople to get things done andcoordinate with them. It’s reallya powerful teamwork exercise,which is a great skill for them tocarry forward.ATL: Do you feel that workingwith Baja has affected yourexperience of Baylor?Dr. Newberry: I’ve been advisorfor extracurricular projectswith students throughout mywhole career, so even thoughthis is a new group for me, it’scertainly consistent with thekinds of things I like to do. Forone, I like projects. I also likegetting to know the studentsbetter. It’s allowed me to workwith students and get to knowstudents in ways that I hadn’tpreviously. Back in May, I tooka group of 8 or 9 students tothe competition in southernCalifornia. We had to tow ourtrailer out there and back, so itwound up being a 10-day trip.You really get to develop somegreat relationships when you’retogether for such an extendedperiod of time. I value developingrelationships with students, andthis is a great way to be able todo that.ATL: How do you see your roleas faculty advisor?Dr. Newberry: I see my maingoal as simply making sure thatthey’re aware of deadlines andmilestones. I make sure theyknow what’s coming and havea plan for achieving it. Whatthose plans are is up to them. Ifthey have a misunderstandingabout something, or if they comeask me what I think, I’ll provideadvice, but I don’t want to bedriving the car, so to speak, interms of dictating what they’redoing. As an addendum to that,one important aspect is makingsure that there are always someAcademy for Teaching and Learningupper-level students who havebeen active in the organizationfor a while and know what needsto be done. For instance, we hadseveral freshmen join up at thebeginning of this fall semester.The upperclassmen have beentaking the freshmen over to theworkshop and teaching themhow to weld. When there’ssomething that really needs toget done, somebody’s got to stepup and do it or get it organized,so your leaders emerge from thatnaturally.ATL: What would you say are themost important takeaways fromyour work with Baja?Dr. Newberry: One is simplythat doing projects, particularlycompetitive projects, is highlymotivating. And the othertakeaway is having highexpectations for the students.Most teachers like to be incontrol, but when you relinquishthat control, you’re puttingdecision-making power ontothe students. Having highexpectations of students—relinquishing the control, puttingthe decision-making power onthem, and then conveying tothem either verbally or nonverbally that they can do this—isa powerful motivating factor forthe students and actually helpsthem succeed.5

Visualizing a Future:Baylor’s McNair Scholars Program Puts Studentson the Path to Doctoral DegreesSteven Fernandez, Director of the McNair ProgramIn 2019, Baylor celebratedits first graduating cohortof Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate AchievementProgram scholars. The McNairScholars Program is a federallyfunded program that assists lowincome, first-generation and/orunderrepresented undergraduatesprepare for their pathto doctoral degreeprograms through avariety of scholarlyactivities, includingimmersion in intensiveundergraduate researchunder the closementorship of Baylorfaculty. Students canapply to be a McNairScholar as early as theirsophomore year.In the short timesince the McNairprogram has been at Baylor,graduating McNair Scholars haveenrolled in fully funded PhDsand attend universities such asBoston College, Mississippi StateUniversity, Syracuse University,University of Iowa, and Universityof Missouri. Current SeniorMcNair Scholar Treasure Ramirezdescribes her past experiences andhow the program has changed herlife:“Acceptance into the [McNairProgram] rocked me to my coreand helped me to discover for thefirst time my own personal visionand path. [It] surrounded me withloving and supportive people6who consistently encouraged,advised, and invested their timeinto my success. This supportsystem and mentorship instilledin me a newfound confidence,happiness, and drive that I wouldnot have without this program Not only was I given the tools Ineeded to visualize a future forpresent at some of the nation’smost prestigious conferences inplaces such as Chicago, Baltimore,Miami, New Orleans, and Atlanta,just to name a few.myself for the very first time butmost importantly, I was giftedthe opportunity to work withan unbelievably understanding,patient, and dedicated facultymember.”This past September, the BaylorMcNair Program hosted theirown National McNair ScholarsUndergraduateResearch Conferencehere on campus. Thisfirst annual BaylorMcNair conferencehad over 200 studentsand University stafffrom across the UnitedStates in attendanceand featured a numberof Baylor’s ownundergraduate studentspresenting theirresearch to the crowd.This year’s conferencefeatured various topicsfrom several different fields ofstudy. The two-day conferencewas filled with exciting events forvisitors to experience Baylor andWaco and to showcase the hardwork of these students.These McNair Scholars participatein a variety of programs whichprovide financial planningfor graduate school success,assistance applying to graduateschool, GRE prep, undergraduatesummer research internshipswith stipends, and opportunitiesto attend academic conferencesacross the country. In the lastschool year alone, Baylor McNairScholars have been invited toBaylor University’s McNairScholars Program is excited forwhat the future holds as theyrecruit the next generation ofMcNair Scholars this fall! To learnmore about the history and detailsof the program, feel free to stopby the McNair Program officesin the Sid Richardson Buildingor visit their website for moreinformation: https://www.baylor.edu/mcnairscholars/.Baylor University

Undergraduate Research AcrossCampusTammy Adair, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Director of Course-Based Undergraduate Researchin Biology, and Co-Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly AchievementThe Undergraduate Research andScholarly Achievement (URSA)program strives to help studentsmaximize their potential throughmeaningful research experiencesby providing support for facultyto mentor undergraduates inresearch in two major ways:1) URSA Small Grants, and 2)Scholars Week. URSA is part ofthe Office of Engaged Learning,a central location for studentsto find information aboutscholarships, internships, civicengagement, study abroad, andresearch. URSA is led by Codirectors Dr. Nathan Elkins (Artand Art History) and Dr. TamarahAdair (Biology). A 24-membersteering committee works togetherto implement the program.The URSA Small Grants Programprovides up to 5,000 per yearto fund research performedby undergraduates. In 2019,there were 14 URSA grantsawarded. Awards went to facultyand students in nine differentdepartments including thesciences, Theatre Arts, Religion,and the Oral History Institute.URSA’s goal is to support projectsacross campus that provideauthentic research activities forundergraduates in their fields ofinterest. Since 2008, there havebeen over 200 URSA mentors andthousands of students supportedthrough the URSA small grantsprogram. A complete list ofcurrent projects can be found onthe URSA web page:www.baylor.edu/URSA.A Small Grant was recentlyawarded to Dr. Stephen Sloan ofthe Oral History Institute and hisstudent Emily Messimore. Thisproject, “The New Face of NuiBa Den: Stories of Return FiftyYears After the Vietnam War,”took Emily to Vietnam with BravoCompany members from theVietnam War era. Emily saw firsthand the aspects of the storiesshe has collected and was able tore-interview the veterans with aspecific focus on their experienceof remembrance and return.Emily will present her findings ata national conference and workto produce a publication from herresearch.URSA Small Grant recipients,and any other undergraduateresearcher, can apply to presenttheir research in either aplatform or poster presentationduring URSA Scholars Week.In 2019 there were 59 platformpresentations and 122 posters,and these abstracts are publishedon URSA’s web page. The weekends with the URSA keynotelecture on Thursday and anawards luncheon on Friday.Mentoring undergraduates inresearch is one of the mostrewarding aspects of an academiccareer. URSA seeks to recognizeand support faculty that devotetime to help students havea transformative experiencethrough the OutstandingUndergraduate Research MentorAwards. URSA also recognizesAcademy for Teaching and Learningthose faculty who have beenespecially successful in engagingstudents over multiple semestersor in developing new programsand opportunities for students toengage in research through theExcellence in Leadership Awards.The 2019 Outstanding MentorAward in Arts, Humanities,and Professional Disciplineswent to Dr. Ivy Hamerly, SeniorLecturer of Political Scienceand International StudiesUndergraduate Program Director,and to Dr. Elyssia Gallagher,Assistant Professor of Chemistryand Biochemistry for Science,Technology, Engineering, andMath. The 2019 Excellencein Leadership Awards wentto Dr. Truell Hyde, Professorof Physics and Former ViceProvost for Research, for hislong history of consistentsupport for undergraduateresearch and funding for URSA;to Dr. Marty Harvill, SeniorLecturer of Biology, for offeringmultiple course-based researchexperiences for first-year studentsand development of a programthat engages undergraduatesin educating and mentoringelementary students in the processof science; and a joint awardto Dr. Joseph Taube, AssistantProfessor of Biology and Dr. LeighGreathouse, Assistant Professor ofFamily and Consumer Sciences,for their collaborative approach toundergraduate research in cancerbiology.7

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Five Leadership OpportunitiesA sampling of programs at Baylor fostering undergraduate leadership.Model United NationsModel United Nations educates students forworld-wide leadership and service as it introducesstudents to globally held problems, gives them theskills needed to solve them, and increases theirprofessionalism and leadership. Students worktogether as a team to find solutions to problemsfaced all over the globe and present their findingsat multiple conferences annually. Practicingdiplomacy, students negotiate their solutionswith delegates at the UN conferences. Studentsdevelop their public speaking and writing abilities,empowering them to serve their communities afterleaving Baylor. (For more on Model U.N., turn topage 12.)Philanthropyand PublicServiceStudents gain experiencepartnering with localgovernment agenciesand Waco’s social sectororganizations to learn aboutand assess the needs of thegreater Waco community.Students focusing on philanthropy grant morethan 100,000 each year to loca

Cultivating Undergraduate Leaders and Scholars A Community of Excellence: Mapping Undergrad Excellence on 8 Campus STEM 4 Mentoring Forging Paths to Ph.D.s 6. 2 Baylor niversity Mission To support and inspire a flourishing community of learning. Advisory Council Bill Bellinger, Professor and Chair,

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