Recruitment and retention of chemistry majors: The Chemistry Scholars Program

CHED 391

Bob Blake, bob.blake@ttu.edu, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1061
Undergraduate-led discussion sections have been used at various universities for the improvement of student performance in chemistry classes with great success. Peer-led Team Learning is a prevalent example of this model. The leaders of discussion sections benefit from increased contact with faculty, reinforcement of their chemistry knowledge and on-campus employment. In addition, most report how enjoyable the experience is. The availability of the attractive opportunity for undergraduates to lead discussion sections has recently been used as a recruitment tool for chemistry and biochemistry students who have applied to Texas Tech University. The relative success of this recruiting approach, as well as the attitude and persistence of the current discussion leaders will be presented.