ARC supports research activities at each of the investigators’ home institutions. At Michigan State University (MSU), Principal Investigator Barbara Schneider heads a team of researchers based in the College of Education’s Office of the John A. Hannah Chair. Schneider and her team are particularly concerned with issues of evidence generation and knowledge accumulation that promote the application of STEM education research findings in educational policies and practices that stimulate interest and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at all ages through informal and formal educational programs. Issues addressed by the MSU-based team include: (1) criteria for synthesizing findings from emergent research and innovations; and (2) how the social contexts of schools and families influence adolescents’ interest, persistence, and success in STEM learning and careers into adulthood.

MSU is also the home institution of four of the eight members of ARC’s Board of Science Advisors, enabling ARC to draw on the expertise of senior investigators in MSU’s Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy; the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory; the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science; the Education Policy Center; and the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

For more information on ARC research activities in the Office of the John A. Hannah Chair, contact ARC MSU Project Coordinator Christina Mazuca (