Work-in-Progress Brown Bag Series

Work-in-Progress Brown Bags give faculty, fellows, students, and collaborators associated with the CREATE for STEM Institute an opportunity to introduce ongoing STEM education research (K-16) and receive feedback from their peers.

Work-in-Progress Brown Bags are intended for researchers to share their current ongoing research and get friendly feedback, insight, and ideas from others in the community. Research at any stage is welcome, from brainstorming initial project ideas to sharing methodological problems for input to considering directions for additional research. We hope that by sharing our research challenges at all levels we can offer help to colleagues and wrestle with interesting problems together.

Work-in-progress Brown Bag datess are scheduled at the beginning of each semester.  In order to volunteer to give a Work-in-Progress Brown Bag, please contact: Chris Reimann ( 

The following dates are available for  Spring 2016:

Spring 2016:

  • January 27
  • February 3
  • March 2
  • April 20


What is the purpose of a Work-in-Progress Brown Bag talk? To help:

·       Plan a project.

·       Identify appropriate methodologies or analyses.

·       Overcome difficulties in your current research.

·       Prepare presentations to disseminate your work.

What should I include in a Work-in-Progress Brown Bag?

·       Introduce your goals for the brown bag. These goals will likely take the form of a problem, question, or set of questions you would like the audience to give feedback on. Presenting a project and simply asking the audience what they think of the project will likely not provide much valuable feedback. Decide on which components of the project you would like assistance, and focus the seminar on these components. For instance, questions about the development of an analysis method to answer a specific research question, the creation and use of a coding scheme, or tools to use for a particular data analysis are all productive conversation starters.

·       Introduce your project. Please keep in mind that some audience members will likely not be aware of your particular research area, group, or grant. Introduce your project to lead to a conversation that will be productive for you and your group.

·       Plan to involve the audience in order to obtain useful feedback. The remaining time should include audience participation and feedback. How the audience participates is up to you and should vary depending on your goals for the seminar. For instance, if you would like feedback on how to modify your methods to better align with a specific research question, you could break the audience up into small discussion groups and then have a report out session. If you have questions about a coding scheme that you have developed, you could have audience members use your coding scheme to code some of your data.

·       Take notes. During the seminar, make sure that you have someone to take notes so that you can keep track of the feedback you receive to improve your research project!

For more information about content or ideas for presenting, contact: Andrea Bierema or J.T. Laverty