Research in the Yezierski Group aims to improve conceptual understanding of chemistry with a focus on the dynamics of teaching chemistry and teacher change. The goal of our work is characterizing and reforming instruction across a variety of grade levels (middle school, high school, and college) and learning environments (formal and informal). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods which explore innovations in particulate-centered curricula, scientific reasoning, chemistry self-concept, formative assessment beliefs, practices, and development, evaluating external representation use in inquiry instruction, characterizing animation use and instructional materials used with simulation, and learning in chemistry outreach.

If you're interested in learning more about our group's work, please browse our People and Publications pages. Please contact Dr. Yezierski to discuss what you could do and learn as a member of the Yezierski Research Group!
Yezierski Group News

8-2-19: Catherine Amoateng successfully completed her first year conference, marking the first milestone in the Ph.D. program. Congratulations!

7-9-2019: Editorial published from the Get Facts Out Chemistry PI and Change Agents (Terri Chambers, Etta Gravely, Willie Hunter, Jennifer Nielson & Ellen Yezierski) in the Journal of Chemical Education. Let's bust those myths about secondary chemistry teaching!!

6-24-19: Paper published! Check out this new research in the Journal of Chemical Education lead by former YRG undergrad Natalia Kellamis on applying the NGSS to TIMU lessons. Congrats Natalia!

6-20-19: Proud to have served as the Vice Chair of the 2019 CERP GRC and thankful to Vicente Talanquer -- Chair extraordinaire!

6-18-19: Adam killed it at the poster session at the 2019 CERP GRC at Bates College!


5-17-19:  Congratulations to 2017 REU student Caitlin Loeffler who will be teaching 9th grade physical science at Technical High School in St. Cloud, MN next year. GO Caitlin!!

Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory by Schafer, Yezierski & Hartley is new experiment from Adam's cognate project. Thanks to the Hartley Group for a fabulous collaboration!

4-30-19: Ellen gave a seminar at the Upper Ohio River ACS Local Section Awards at Marietta College. It was great to get to know students and faculty from Marietta and Ohio U!!

4-26-19: 
Congratulations to Meghan Mulligan, who will be starting a position as a Chemistry & Microbiology Teacher at Carroll High School in Dayton in the fall. Way to go, Meghan!!

4-24-19: YRG Undergrads Vicky Borland, Mason Schmidt, Michael Seballos, Ali Terrell, and Krista Wilson ROCKED the 25th Annual Miami Undergraduate Research Forum. Thanks to mentor Adam Schafer. Way
to represent!!!

4-18-19: Check out this new POGIL resource, especially Ch. 9 about POGIL in the large classroom by Sally Shaffer Hunnicutt, Suzanne M. Ruder, Katie E. Amaral, Ellen J. Yezierski, and Christopher F. Bauer. I love this author team!

4-12-19: Hooray for former YRG postdoc Dr. Stephanie Philipp, who will be starting a new position as Assistant Professor of Middle Grades/Science Education at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Go!Fight! Win! Stephanie!!!!

4-3-19: 
Congratulations to Adam Schafer and Vicky Borland on outstanding posters delivered at the ACS National Meeting in Orlando, FL!

4-3-19: 
Ellen and Justin Pratt presented the CERP methods paper from 2018 in the New and Noteworthy CER symposium at ACS Orlando. Thanks to organizers, evaluators, and audience members for your enthusiasm for this work!
 
4-3-19: 
Congratulations to Adam Schafer and Vicky Borland on outstanding posters delivered at the ACS National Meeting in Orlando, FL!


4-1-19: EASTER EGG!!! Datasets


3-25-19: 
Congratulations to graduating senior, Vicky Borland, who accepted a position as an Information Scientist at CAS (a division of ACS) in Columbus, Ohio. The group wishes you all the best in your new career!

3-21-19: Great seminar and visit with Dr. Ginger Shultz from the University of Michigan. Thanks so much, Ginger!

2-8-19: New Commentary published in the Journal of Chemical Education on the state of CER.

2-8-19: Ellen gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Florida International University. Thanks to YRG alum Justin Carmel for the lovely invitation!

2-1-19:  Congratulations to graduating senior Brianna Minshall -- soon to be a doctoral student in Miami's Neuroscience program in  Psychology in the fall! Go Brianna!

1-29-19: New research published by Justin Pratt & Ellen Yezierski on College Student Outreach Practitioner Training!

12-22-18: New research published (Patrick Emery, Yezierski, & Richard Page) in BaMBEd showcasing a new inquiry activity on the thermodynamics of protein unfolding!

12-3-18: New research published (Pratt & Yezierski) about the teaching beliefs of college student outreach practitioners

11-7-18: 
Congratulations to Adam Schafer, who successfully presented at the Miami Graduate Research Forum. Go Adam!

11-7-18: 
Ellen  was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Thanks to all of my amazing students!! 

11-5-18: 
Congratulations Dr. JustinPratt who successfully defended his dissertation. We are so proud of you!

11-2-18 Ellen gave a seminar at the University of Michigan part of the Chemical Sciences at the Interface of Education program. Time with the Schultz group was fabulous!

10-29-18 Catherine  Amoateng has joined the Yezierski Research Group. Welcome Catherine!!!!

10-25-18: New research published (Pratt & Yezierski) about content knowledge of outreach practitioners. Check it out!

9-19-18: Ellen gave a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at UMass Boston. 

8-28-18: Welcome new YRG members - Krista Wilson, Michael Seballos & Ali Terrell! 

8-16-18:
Yay! NSF Award for IGE: Interdisciplinary STEM Graduate Student Learning Communities! (Team: Rose Marie Ward, Amanda Diekman, Ellen Yezierski, Stacey Lowery Bretz)

8-3-18:
Congratulations to Caitlin Leoffler (poster), Adam Schafer (2 talks), Justin Pratt (2 talks, 1 invited), Brett Becker (1 talk) , Stephanie Kimberlin (1 talk), and Kyle Jones (1 talk) for research and teaching presentations at the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education!! Ellen gave 2 talks too. :-) The YRG is on F-I-R-E! 

7-20-18:  
Congratulations to Adam Schafer for passing his candidacy exam! Onward to the Ph.D...

7-16-18:  
Justin Pratt completed his dissertation prospectus (congrats!) and is working toward a Dec 2018 graduation. 

6-24-18:
Ellen gave the keynote address at the American Modeling Teachers Association annual conference in Columbus, OH.

5-22-18:  
Justin Pratt has been selected as the 2018-19 Miami Chemistry & Biochemistry Dissertation Scholar. Congratulations to a bright and productive scholar!!

5-15-18:  
Justin Pratt has won a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Love of Learning Award! This cash prize is well deserved. Congrats Justin!

5-1-18:  
Justin Pratt has received a cash prize made possible by the 2017-18 Graduate Students' Achievement Fund and the Graduate School to recognize our 2017 ACS Publications Editors' Choice award for his first dissertation publication. Whooo hoooo! Outstanding job, Justin!!

4-25-18:  Congratulations to Vicky Borland, Dillon Frank, Brianna Minshall, Meghan Mulligan, Naomi Patten, and Nick Spurgus on their fabulous Undergraduate Research Forum poster presentations. Well done!

4-5-18: 
Ellen has received a nomination for the Associated Student Government Outstanding Professor Award (OPA) for faculty who had an exceptional impact on graduating seniors' Miami experience. 


3-30-18:  Congratulations to Justin Pratt who won the Alpha Chi Sigma 2018 Scholar Award!!!!!

3-29-18:  Ellen contributed to a women scientists panel at the "Bearded Lady Project" photo exhibition opening and Miami movie premiere.

3-19-18:  Undergraduate student posters presented at ACS NOLA by Dillon Frank, Brianna Minshall, and Nick Spurgus. Great job!

3-18-18: Graduate student posters presented at ACS NOLA by Patrick Emery, Justin Pratt, and Adam Schafer. Fabulous response from the CER community!

3-18-18: DivCHED video featuring spokesmodel LN    shown at ACS NOLA DivCHED reception. 

1-17-18: Article Published! Pratt, J. M., & Yezierski, E. J. (2018). A novel qualitative method to improve access, elicitation, and sample diversification for enhanced transferability applied to studying chemistry outreach. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C7RP00200A

12-8-17: Book chapter published: Gupta, T., Herrington, D., & Yezierski, E. (2018). Target Inquiry: A case for quality professional development. In D. Polly, M. Putnam, T. Petty, A. Good (Eds.) Innovative Practices in Teacher Preparation and Graduate-Level Teacher Education Programs (pp. 383-416). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

12-7-17: Ellen gave a seminar at the Chemistry Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

11-27-17: Congrats to YRG Alumni Drs. Jordan Harshman & Sara Nielsen on the new chapter on using R in CERpublished today in Computer-Aided Data Analysis in Chemical Education Research (CADACER): Advances and Avenues by ACS.


11-3-17: Congrats to Adam, Justin, and Patrick on presenting posters at the 2017 Miami Graduate Student Research Forum.

10-26-17: Justin Pratt featured in the Miami Student. Great feature & pic!

10-24-17:Paper published on Justin's cognate project!

10-20-17: Pratt and Yezierski article selected for ACS Editors' Choice!!!! More to come when it's published. G!F!W! Justin!!!

10-20-17: 
Ellen gave a seminar in the Chemistry Department at the University of Iowa.

9-26-17: 
Ellen gave a seminar in the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

9-13-17: 
Ellen gave a seminar in the Chemistry Department at Purdue University.

8-21-17: 
Ellen gave two CER presentations with Stacey Lowery Bretz showcasing simulations used in general chemistry at the Fall 2017 ACS Meeting in Washington, DC. 

6-22-17: 
Justin Pratt presented a poster at the 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research & Practice in Lewiston, ME.

6-22-17: 
Ellen Yezierski gave a talk at the 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research & Practice in Lewiston, ME.

6-21-17: 
Ellen Yezierski was voted to be the Vice Chair of the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research & Practice and the Chair of the 2021 conference. Congratulations!

5-3-17: NSF Noyce grant funded "A Community-Based & Culturally Responsive Approach to STEM Teacher Preparation, Induction & Retention" for $1.17M. PI: Bautista and Co-PIs: Wanko, Schwartz, Blue, and Yezierski are ready to rock this project!

4-26-17: Congrats to Dillon Frank, Natalia Kellamis, and Brianna Minshall on fabulous poster presentations at the Miami Undergraduate Research Forum - Way to go!!

4-7-17: Jordan Harshman has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Auburn University. Congratulations Dr. Harshman!!

4-3-17:
Ellen Yezierski gave a talk at the 253rd National ACS Meeting in San Francisco in the ACS Award Symposium in honor of Marcy H. Towns.

4-3-17:
Congratulations Nick Spurgus for a successful poster presentation at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting!

4-3-17:
Congratulations Brianna Minshall for a successful poster presentation at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting!

4-2-17:
Ellen Yezierski gave a talk at the 253rd National ACS Meeting in San Francisco in the Applying CER to Practice symposium.

4-2-17:
Congratulations Justin Pratt for a successful poster presentation over your dissertation project at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting!

3-31-17: Article published -- Congratulations Chad Husting! Using Teacher Action Research in High School Chemistry to Develop Novel Assessment Tools in Journal of Teacher Action Research. Authors: Chad Husting, Jordan Harshman, & Ellen Yezierski. 

1-20-17: Justin Carmel has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Florida International University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the STEM Transformation Institute. Congrats Justin!!!!

1-18-17: Paper published! Harshman, J., & Yezierski, E. (2017). Assessment data-driven inquiry: A review of how to use assessment results to inform chemistry teaching. The Science Educator, 25(2), 97-107.

12-8-16: Paper published on Amanda Vilardo's TIMU activity & data. Great job Amanda and Dr. Ann MacKenzie!

11-4-16: Congrats to Justin and Jorge on presenting posters at the Miami Graduate Research Forum.

11-3-16: Yezierski's work with high school chemistry teachers mentioned in the news.

10-21-16: Welcome to our newest undergraduate member, Dillon Frank and to our graduate members Patrick Emery & Adam Schafer!!! The YRG is glad you're on board. :-)

9-18-16:
Congratulations to Justin Pratt for passing his candidacy exam! Onward to the PhD...

8-26-16:
Ellen Yezierski gave a CHM 141 poster at the Purdue Modeling Conference highlighting instructional innovation at Miami.

8-26-16:
Deb Herrington & Ellen Yezierski gave a Target Inquiry poster at the Purdue Modeling Conference showcasing teacher activities.

8-21-16:
Ellen Yezierski gave a talk at the 252nd National ACS Meeting in Philadelphia in the HS Day program.

8-9-16:
Congrats to Linh-Thuy Vu, a new Chemistry Teacher at Gilroy High School in Northern California. Way to go!

8-1-16:
Congratulations Justin Pratt for successful presentations over your dissertation and cognate projects at the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education!

7-31-16:
Ellen Yezierski gave a successful poster presentation at the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education!

7-29-16:
Justin Pratt was awarded a District Counselor Citation for his work on the Bluegrass District Committee of the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity!

7-28-16:
Justin Pratt presented his dissertation work at the Fifth Biennial Science and Engineering Poster Session during the 53rd Biennial Conclave of the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity.

7-18-16:
Ellen Yezierski has been named an ACS Fellow!

7-7-16: 
Congratulations to Sara Nielsen who successfully 
defended her doctoral dissertation! Go Dr. Nielsen!

5-26-16:
Sara Nielsen has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Hanover College! Congratulations Sara!

5-19-16:
Congrats on your new job! Cassie Sandvick will be teaching chemistry and AP chemistry at Wayne High School!

5-14-16:
Congratulations to YRG graduates and new high school chemistry teachers, Cassandra Sandvick and Linh-Thuy Vu!

5-11-16:
Congratulations to Sam Sloane who is graduating with a BA in Chemistry on 5/14/16 and starting a job in R&D with Stepan in Chicago! Go! Fight! Win Sam!

5-11-16:
Congratulations to Ben Sandlin who will be graduating with Departmental and University Honors on 5/14/16 and starting at University of Cincinnati Law School in the fall! Go! Fight! Win Ben!

5-9-16
Article published:
Beyond academic tracking and using cluster analysis and self-organizing maps to investigate secondary students' chemistry self-concept. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. Authors: Sara Nielsen and Ellen Yezierski.

4-27-16
Congratulations 
Brianna Minshall, Ben Sandlin, Cassie Sandvick, and Nick Spurgus on successful poster presentations at the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Forum at Miami University!

4-25-16
Cassandra Sandvick was accepted into the M.S. program in Chemistry Education at South Dakota State University. Congratulations Cassie!

4-15-16
Congratulations 
Sara Nielsen on a successful 
presentation at the 2016 NARST Annual International Conference in Baltimore, MD!

4-8-16 
Article published:
Effectiveness of Inquiry-Based Lessons Using Particulate Level Models To Develop High School Students’ Understanding of Conceptual Stoichiometry, 
Journal of Chemistry Education. Authors: 
Stephanie
Kimberlin
 and 
Ellen Yezierski.

3-29-16
Article published:
Tool trouble: Challenges with using self-report data to evaluate long-term chemistry teacher professional development, Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Authors: Deborah G. Herrington, 
Ellen J. Yezierski, and Senetta F. Bancroft.

3-17-16
Ellen Yezierski and 
Stacey Lowery Bretz gave a presentation at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

3-15-16
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful 
presentation at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA!

3-14-16
Congratulations 
Linh-Thuy Vu and Cassandra Sandvick on a successful poster at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA!

3-13-16
Congratulations 
Justin Pratt and Sara Nielsen on a successful poster at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA!

3-13-16
Congratulations 
Justin Pratt on a successful presentation at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA!

1-14-16
Article published:
Characterizing high school chemistry teachers' use of assessment data via latent class analysis, 
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Advance Article. Authors: Jordan Harshman and Ellen Yezierski. 

11-30-15
Sara Nielsen gave a research presentation about chemistry self-concept at the Dayton Public Schools' Science Professional Learning Community meeting.

11-16-15
Article published:
Citrus Quality Control: An NMR/MRI Problem-Based Experiment, 
Journal of Chemical Education, ASAP. Authors: Sarah Erhart, Robert McCarrick, Gary Lorigan, and Ellen Yezierski.

11-12-15
Tommy Smith has been promoted to Clinical Research Associate at Medpace. Congrats Tom!

11-11-15
Article published:
Test-Retest Reliability of the Adaptive Chemistry Assessment Survey for Teachers: Measurement Error and Alternatives to Correlation, 
Journal of Chemical Education, ASAP. Authors: Jordan Harshman and Ellen Yezierski. 

10-30-15
Sara Nielsen, Justin Pratt, and Jorge Torres presented posters at the 2015 Miami University Graduate Research Forum.

9-22-15
Ellen received the Miami University Distinguished Teaching Award.

8-25-15
Article published:
Exploring the Structure and Function of the Chemistry Self-Concept Inventory with High School Chemistry Students, Journal of Chemical Education, ASAP. Authors: Sara E. Nielsen and Ellen Yezierski.

8-10-15
Congratulations to Brittany Christian Feldmann on her new job as a Science Content Coach at Acceleration Academies of Wake County!

7-29-15
Article published: Formative Assessment in High School Chemistry Teaching: Investigating the Alignment of Teachers' Goals with Their Items, Journal of Chemical Education, ASAP. Authors: Benjamin Sandlin, Jordan Harshman, and Ellen Yezierski.

7-21-15
Justin Carmel has successfully completed the dissertation requirement. Congratulations to Dr. Carmel!

7-08-15
Grant Funded: "Building Capacity for Miami University Robert Noyce Scholars," NSF DUE 1540102, PI: Nazan U. Bautista, Co-PIs: Jeffrey Wanko, Tammy Schwartz, Jennifer M. Blue, Ellen Yezierski.

7-01-15
Ellen Yezierski has been promoted to Professor of Chemistry!

6-26-15
Congratulations to Tommy Smith on his new job as a research scientist at Medpace!

6-25-15
Congratulations to Sarah Erhart on winning the 2014-2015 TA Award for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry!

6-24-15
Congratulations to Sarah Erhart, Jordan Harshman, and Sara Nielsen on their poster presentations at the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice.

6-22-15
Ellen served as a discussion leader at the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice.

5-20-15
Jordan Harshman passed his oral dissertation defense. Congratulations!

4-17-15
Congratulations to Justin Carmel on his postdoctoral research scholar appointment at Michigan State University with Dr. Melanie Cooper in the Department of Chemistry!

4-16-15
Ellen Yezierski gave a seminar in the Chemistry Department at the University of South Florida titled, 
"Characterizing High School Chemistry Teachers' Data-Driven Inquiry Practices: A Chemistry-Centered Approach"

4-15-15
Congratulations to Ben Sandlin for his successful poster presentation at the 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Forum at Miami University!

4-13-15
Justin Carmel passed his oral dissertation defense. Congratulations!

4-12-15
Congratulations to Jordan Harshman for his successful presentation at the International NARST Conference in Chicago, IL.

4-12-15
Congratulations to Stephanie Philipp for her successful presentation at the International NARST Conference in Chicago, IL.

4-9-15
Congratulations to Tommy Smith who successfully defended his Master's thesis!

4-7-15
Congratulations to Sarah Erhart who is the recipient of the College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award!

3-27-15
Congratulations to Jordan Harshman on his postdoctoral research scholar appointment at the University of Iowa with Dr. Nicole Becker in the Department of Chemistry!

3-25-15
Congratulations Sarah Erhart on a successful
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-24-15
Congratulations Justin Carmel on a successful 
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-24-15
Congratulations Tommy Smith on a successful 
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-23-15
Congratulations Sarah Erhart on a successful 
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-23-15
Congratulations 
Ellen Yezierski on a successful 
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting at Vickie Williamson's Award Symposium in Denver, CO!

3-22-15
Congratulations 
Sara Nielsen on a successful
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-22-15
Congratulations 
Jordan Harshman on a successful 
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-22-15
Congratulations 
Jordan Harshman and 
Justin Carmel on a successful 
poster presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-22-15
Congratulations 
Jordan Harshman and 
Justin Carmel on a successful 
presentation at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Denver, CO!

3-10-15
Congratulations to Jordan Harshman, Sara Nielsen, and Sarah Erhart for being accepted to the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice!

3-3-15
The Yezierski Group welcomes 
Cassandra Sandvick, junior Chemistry Education major, as our newest member!

3-2-15
Linh-Thuy Vu has been awarded a University Summer Scholars research position for summer 2015 for the project "Evaluating a Learning Strategies Course in Chemistry:
CHM 104 Outcomes." Congratulations!

2-20-15
The Miami University Board of Trustees voted to approve Ellen Yezierski's 
promotion to professor (effective July 1, 2015).

2-10-15
Congratulations to Jordan Harshman for successfully completing his 6 month conference!

1-14-15
Ellen Yezierski was quoted in a Hamilton Journal article regarding a recent outreach project.

1-13-15
The Yezierski group participated in Careers Involving Quantitative Skills Day.

1-10-15
Congratulations to Stephanie Philipp for a successful 
presentation at the ASTE Meeting in Portland, OR.

12-3-14
Congratulations to Justin Carmel for successfully completing his 6 month conference!

11-23-14
Ellen Yezierski gave a successful
presentation at the 34th Annual Lilly International Conference on College Teaching.

11-22-14
Sara Nielsen gave a successful 
presentation at the 34th Annual Lilly International Conference on College Teaching.

11-22-14
Justin Carmel gave a successful 
presentation at the 34th Annual Lilly International Conference on College Teaching.

11-22-14
Jordan Harshman gave a successful 
presentation at the 34th Annual Lilly International Conference on College Teaching.

11-22-14
Sarah Erhart gave a successful
presentation at the 34th Annual Lilly International Conference on College Teaching.

10-30-14
The Yezierski Group welcomes two new graduate members, Justin Pratt and Jorge Torres. Hooray!

10-30-14
Article published - Guiding teaching with assessments: High school chemistry teachers' use of data-driven inquiry, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Advance Article. Authors: Jordan Harshman and Ellen Yezierski.

10-22-14
The Yezierski Group welcomes Linh-Thuy Vu, junior ChemEd major, as our newest member! 

10-13-14
Jordan Harshman received a DivCHED Travel Award for the 249th ACS National Meeting in Denver, Colorado, March 22-March 26, 2015. Congratulations!

10-9-14
Article published - Targeting the Development of Content Knowledge and Scientific Reasoning: Reforming College-Level Chemistry for Nonscience Majors, Journal of Chemical Education, ASAP. Authors: Justin Carmel, Yasmin Jessa, and Ellen Yezierski.

10-3-14
Ellen Yezierski has been elected to continue to serve as a Division of Chemical Education Councilor.

9-17-14
Congratulations to Sarah Erhart who passed her PhD candidacy exam (ORP)!

8-17-14
Congratulations to Amanda Schachtel on her new job as a 7th grade science teacher!

8-14-14
Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Philipp! She is now the Director of Teacher Education at Hanover College in Hanover, IN as well as a Research Associate at University of Louisville.

8-14-14
Article published - Development of a Protocol to Evaluate the Use of Representations in Secondary Chemistry Instruction as an Advance Article in CERP. Authors: Stephanie Philipp, Destinee Johnson, and Ellen Yezierski.

8-10-14
Ellen Yezierski gave a successful 
presentation at the 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

8-7-14
Congratulations Sarah Erhart on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-6-14
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-5-14
Congratulations Jordan Harshman on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-5-14
Congratulations Justin Carmel on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-4-14
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-4-14
Congratulations Stephanie Philipp on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-3-14
Congratulations Justin Carmel on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-3-14
Congratulations Tommy Smith on a successful 
presentation at the 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Allendale, MI.

8-1-14
Book chapter published: Observation as a tool for investigating chemistry teaching and learning. Author: Ellen Yezierski. In D. Bunce and R. Cole (Eds.) Tools of Chemistry Education Research; ACS Symposium Series.

7-24-14
Article published - Professional Development Aligned with AP Chemistry Curriculum: Promoting Science Practices and Facilitating Enduring Concpetual Understanding on ASAP in JCE. Authors: Deborah Herrington and 
Ellen Yezierski.

7-1-14
Brittany Christian was awarded the ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Chemistry Teacher Scholarship to support her efforts in becoming a high school chemistry teacher. Congratulations Brittany!

5-21-14
Ellen Yezierski gave a seminar at Iowa State University in their Department of Chemistry.

5-17-14
Congratulations to Amanda Schachtel and Tommy Smith on earning their Bachelor of Science in Education degrees with majors in Chemistry Education!

5-15-14
Tommy Smith has been appointed as the Graduate Assistant Director of the Howe Writing Center. Congratulations to Tommy on earning this competitive graduate assistantship for 2014-15!

5-15-14
Congratulations to Sarah Erhart for successfully completing her First Year Conference!

4-24-14
Ellen Yezierski gave two seminars at Clemson University: CT2 Faculty Scholars and Engineering and Science Education.

4-17-14
Sara Nielsen spoke about Chemistry Education Research to the Chemical Education Committee at the University of Cincinnati.

4-7-14
Sarah Erhart successfully completed her cumulative exams. Congratulations Sarah!

3-31-14
Ellen Yezierski presented a poster co-authored by Deborah Herrington, Tool Trouble: Challenges with Using Self-Report Data to Evaluate Long-Term Chemistry Teacher Professional Development, at the NARST 2014 Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

3-31-14
Ellen Yezierski co-authored a presentation given by Deborah Herrington in the symposium organized by Hannah Sevian, Characteristics and Strategies Symposium - Reconceptualizing High School Chemistry Based on Authentic Practices, at the NARST 2014 Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

3-18-14
Ellen Yezierski presented a talk in the Tools of Chemistry Education Research symposium at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX.

3-17-14
Congratulations to the TIMU teachers on their poster presentations at SciMix at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-17-14
Congratulations Destinee Johnson on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-17-14
Congratulations Amanda Schactel on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-17-14
Congratulations Samantha Sloane on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-16-14
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-16-14
Congratulations Sarah Erhart on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX of research conducted with Dr. Jason Ribblett.

3-16-14
Congratulations Stephanie Philipp on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-16-14
Congratulations Tommy Smith on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-16-14
Congratulations Justin Carmel on a successful poster presentation at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX!

3-16-14
Congratulations Ben Sandlin and Jordan Harshman on a successful poster at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Dallas, TX! Congratulations Jordan for your successful presentation of the work!

3-13-14
Amanda Schachtel 
presented a poster at the Ohio Board of Regents Reception at Miami University. Way to go Amanda!

2-21-14
Ellen Yezierski presented a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at Hope College in Holland, MI.

2-20-14
Ellen Yezierski presented a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.

2-20-14
Tommy Smith is featured on the Education Health and Society web page. Way to go, Tommy!

2-18-14
TIMU project makes the Miami news!

2-6-14
Congrats Sara! Article published: Detecting Art Forgeries: A Problem-Based Raman Spectroscopy Lab on ASAP in JCE. Authors Sara Nielsen, Jon Scaffidi, and Ellen Yezierski.

1-17-14
Ellen Yezierski presented a seminar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

11-20-13
Ellen Yezierski contributed a research talk to the CREATE Science Seminar Series at the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University.

11-8-13
Ellen Yezierski presented a seminar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

11-1-13
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful 
presentation at the 2013 Miami University Graduate Research Forum!

11-1-13
Congratulations Justin Carmel on a successful 
presentation at the 2013 Miami University Graduate Research Forum!

11-1-13
Congratulations Jordan Harshman on a successful 
presentation at the 2013 Miami University Graduate Research Forum!

11-1-13
The Yezierski Research Group would like to welcome its newest member, Sarah Erhart!

10-9-13
Congratulations to Sara Nielsen who passed her PhD candidacy exam (ORP)!

10-3-13
Ellen Yezierski gave the research talk, "Shifting the Equilibrium: Evaluating teacher and student learning outcomes of a novel model for chemistry teacher professional development" at the University of New Hampshire 
Chemistry Department Seminar in Durham, NH.

9-30-13
Congratulations 
Sara Nielsen on a successful 
presentation at the SciX conference in Milwaukee, WI!

09-20-13
Tommy Smith successfully presented his research agenda at his First Year Conference. Congratulations Tommy!

9-11-13
Congratulations Jordan Harshman on a successful 
presentation at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis, IN!

9-10-13
Congratulations 
Justin Carmel on a successful 
presentation at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis, IN!

9-9-13
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful 
presentation at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis, IN!

9-8-13
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful poster presentation at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis, IN!

8-12-13
The Yezierski Research Group would like to welcome its newest member, Dr. Stephanie Philipp!

8-9-13
Congratulations to Destinee Johnson on successfully completing her REU project culminating with an outstanding presentation in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. We will miss you!

7-31-13
The Yezierski Group completed its project evaluation for Dr. Susan Hershberger's Ohio Board of Regents ITQ sponsored project, "Scaffolding Physical Science Inquiry through Reflective Writing."

7-27-13
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful poster presentation at the 2013 CER Graduate Student Conference!

7-27-13
Congratulations Jordan Harshman on a successful poster presentation at the 2013 CER Graduate Student Conference!

7-27-13
Congratulations Justin Carmel on a successful poster presentation at the 2013 CER Graduate Student Conference!

7-27-13
Congratulations Tommy Smith on a successful poster presentation at the 2013 CER Graduate Student Conference!

7-13-13
Ellen Yezierski gave the plenary lecture at the Great Lakes POGIL Regional Meeting titled, "Pedagogical and logistical considerations of POGILesque activities in large classes" at Capital University in Columbus, OH.

6-12-13
Justin Carmel and Ellen Yezierski presented posters at the Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice in Newport, RI at Salve Regina University.

6-10-13
The Yezierski Group would like to welcome summer REU student Destinee Johnson!

6-7-13
Congratulations to Jordan Harshman who passed his PhD candidacy exam (ORP)!

5-15-13
Ellen Yezierski facilitated the middle and high school workshop, "Atoms, Molecules, and Ions - Oh My! Particulate Level Inquiry Activities" at the University of Minnesota STEM Center in Minneapolis, MN hosted by Gill Roehrig.

5-14-13
Ellen Yezierski gave the research talk, "Target Inquiry: Transformative High School Chemistry Teacher Professional Development" at the University of Minnesota STEM Center in Minneapolis, MN hosted by Gill Roehrig.

5-8-12
Graduate student Sara Nielsen successfully completed her cumulative exams and is beginning work on her ORP! Congratulations Sara!

4-27-13
Ellen Yezierski and Alice Putti (TI Teacher from MI) facilitated the high school chemistry workshop, "Atoms, Molecules, and Ions - Oh My! Particulate Level Inquiry Activities" in Sewickley, PA sponsored by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.

4-18-13
Congratulations 
Justin Carmel and Ellen Yezierski on the publication of their paper in the Journal of College Science Teaching!

4-10-13
Congratulations Tommy Smith on a successful poster presentation at the 2013 Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum!

4-10-13
Congratulations Ben Sandlin on a successful poster presentation at the 2013 Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum!

4-7-13
Congratulations Sara Nielsen on a successful poster presentation at the 245th ACS National Meeting!

 

4-7-13

Congratulations Justin Carmel on a successful poster presentation at the 245th ACS National Meeting!

4-7-13
Congratulations 
Jordan Harshman on a successful poster presentation at the 245th ACS National Meeting!

4-4-13
Congratulations 
Tommy Smith on being admitted to the B.S./M.S. program at Miami University!

3-28-13
Congrats Jordan! Article published: Seeing chemistry through the eyes of the blind: A case study examining multiple gas law representations on ASAP in JCE. Authors Jordan Harshman, Stacey Lowery Bretz, and Ellen Yezierski.

3-5-13
Congratulations to Justin Carmel who passed his PhD candidacy exam (ORP)!

2-19-13
Congratulations to Amanda Schachtel who was awarded a USS for Summer 2013!

2-15-13
Ellen Yezierski and 
Deborah Herrington 
presented a poster at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

2-14-13
Ellen Yezierski and 
Deborah Herrington gave a talk at the International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

2-8-13
Book chapter published: The Road to Scientific Literacy: How Target Inquiry Is Improving Instruction and Student Achievement in High School Chemistry, in Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition by NSTA Press (2013). Authors: Ellen Yezierski and 
Deborah Harrington.

2-4-13
Paper published in the American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings: Self-efficacy in introductory physics in students at single-sex and coeducational colleges. Authors: Jennifer Blue, Mary Elizabeth Mills, and Ellen Yezierski.

2-4-13
Editorial published in the Journal of Chemical Education, A new chemistry education research frontier. Authors: Brittany Christian and Ellen Yezierski. Publication date: September 18, 2012.

11-30-12
Ellen Yezierski gave a seminar talk in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at the University of Northern Colorado.

11-2-12
Congratulations to graduate students Sara Nielsen, Justin Carmel, and Jordan Harshman on their successful poster presentations at the Miami University Graduate Research Forum! Great work everyone!

10-22-12
The Yezierski Research Group would like to welcome its newest members: undergraduate students Megan Krug and Ben Sandlin! Welcome Megan and Ben!

10-12-12
Graduate student Justin Carmel successfully completed his cumulative exams and is beginning work on his ORP! Congratulations Justin!

10-12-12
Paper accepted to JCST: Are We Keeping The Promise? Investigation of Students' Critical Thinking Growth Authors: Justin Carmel, and Ellen Yezierski

09-26-12
The Yezierski Research Group would like to welcome its newest member: undergraduate student Jessica Worley! Welcome Jessica!

07-30-12
Graduate students Justin Carmel, Jordan Harshman, and Sara Nielsen, and undergraduate students Amanda Schachtel and Tommy Smith presented their research projects at the 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) at The Pennsylvania State University.

06-27-12
Paper published in CERP: Development and validation of an instrument to measure student knowledge gains for chemical and physical change for grade 6-8. Authors: Brittany Christian, and Ellen Yezierski

06-08-12
Brittany Christian successfully defended her M.S. thesis, titled Improving outcomes of science museums: Blending formal and informal learning environments to evaluate a chemical and physical change exhibit. Congratulations, Brittany!!!

05-30-12
Brittany Christian's 
chemistry exhibit is being adopted by Hamilton County Park District for implementation at their recreational parks and nature centers.

05-14-12
Sara Nielsen presented her research agenda and cognate project at her First Year Conference.

04-27-12
Paper accepted to CERP: Development and validation of an instrument to measure student knowledge gains for chemical and physical change for grade 6-8. Authors: Brittany Christian, and Ellen Yezierski

04-20-12
A blog post by Independence Science features Jordan Harshman for his work with making accommodations in the lab for one of his students.

04-11-12
Paper published in Science Scope: A Change for Chemistry. Authors: Brittany Christian, and Ellen J. Yezierski

04-11-12
Undergraduates Amanda Schachtel and Tommy Smith presented their posters at the 18th Annual Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum.

03-25-12
Graduate students Justin Carmel, Brittany Christian, Jordan Harshman, and Sara Nielsen presented their research projects at the 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

02-24-12
Undergraduate Tommy Smith received a 2012 Undergraduate Summer Scholars award for "Development and implementation of a diagnostic assessment to investigate students' connections between domains of stoichiometric knowledge."

01-26-12
Brittany Christian's chemistry museum exhibit entitled, Take A Closer Look At Our Natural World, will open at the Hefner Zoology Museum on Friday January 27th and will run until Friday February 25, 2012.

01-15-12
Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Education (ASAP on ACS Pubs): Target Inquiry: Helping Teachers Use a Research Experience to Transform Their Teaching Practices. Authors:
Deborah G. Herrington, 
Karen Luxford, Ellen J. Yezierski

12-15-11
Paper published in the Journal of Chemical Education (ASAP on ACS Pubs): Evidence for the Effectiveness of Inquiry-Based, Particulate-Level Instruction on Conceptions of the Particulate Nature of Matter. Authors: Chad A. Bridle and Ellen J. Yezierski

11-06-11
Welcome! Graduate students, Sara Nielsen and Jordan Harshman, joined the Yezierski research group!

11-04-11
Brittany Christian and Justin Carmel present posters at Miami University's Graduate Research Forum

10-20-11
Christian, B., & Yezierski, E. (accepted). A change for chemistry, Science Scope.

10-07-11
The Target Inquiry at Miami University (TIMU) program is launched and is now recruiting high school chemistry teachers.

08-22-11
Ellen Yezierski received a 5-year $1.35M award from NSF to implement and study Target Inquiry at Miami University (TIMU).

08-17-11
Paper published in Chemistry Education Research Practice: Improving Practice with Target Inquiry: High School Chemistry Teacher Professional Development That Works Authors: Ellen J. Yezierski and Deborah G. Herrington

06-15-11
Welcome! Jordan Harshman joins the Yezierski Group for the summer.

04-16-11
Ellen Yezierski was selected as the Western Connecticut ACS Visiting Scientist for 2011

04-13-11
Heather Bauman, Amanda Schachtel, and Tommy Smith each presented a poster at the 17th Annual Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum


03-27-11
Brittany Christian presented a poster at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, CA titled, "Effects of instruction on altering students' self-efficacy and metacognition in learning science"

03-27-11
Justin Carmel presented a poster at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, CA titled, "Evaluating the quality and dissemination of teacher-developed inquiry materials: Analysis of user feedback"

01-25-11
Improving Practice with Target Inquiry: High School Chemistry Teacher Professional Development That Works Authors: Ellen J. Yezierski and Deborah G. Herrington; To appear in July 2011 issue of Chemical Education Research and Practice

12-24-10
Paper published in Chemistry Education Research and Practice: Target inquiry: changing chemistry high school teachers' classroom practices and knowledge and beliefs about inquiry instruction

Authors: Deborah G. Herrington, Ellen J. Yezierski, Karen M. Luxford and Cynthia J. Luxford

11-10-10
Brittany Christian & Justin Carmel join the group. Welcome!!

11-09-10
Target Inquiry paper accepted to CERP (Authors: 
Herrington, Yezierski,
Luxford, K., &
 Luxford, C.)

08-16-10
Yezierski group established at Miami University