Faculty Highlights

Riley receives ACS grant to pilot pre-chemistry tutorial system

Associate Professor of Chemistry Kasandra Riley and colleagues from Washington and Lee University have received a grant from Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) that will allow them to create and test novel modules for a prototype web-based tutorial system for undergraduate students taking introductory chemistry courses.

With the overarching goal of improving STEM persistence, particularly among low socioeconomic status and underrepresented minority students, the project aims to develop a customized online tutorial system that is tailored to better prepare students at ACS schools for entry-level chemistry coursework.

The tutorial system will include a series of videos recorded by Riley and colleagues demonstrating problem solving and will be paired with applied math and chemistry practice problems so students can test their learning and receive real-time feedback to better prepare for college-level chemistry.