The Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences, aims to further strengthen the college’s contribution to educating future leaders in STEM (science technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

The college recognizes the growing importance of STEM fields in every aspect of contemporary life and remains strong in its belief that a liberal arts education is critical to the success of STEM leaders.

To this aim, the center is dedicated to working with existing campus offices and departments–particularly the Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research, Student Academic Services, the Office of Communications, all of the natural sciences departments and programs, the Bonner Center for Service and Learning, and the offices of the deans and the president–in order to:

  • Enhance the quantitative and scientific problem-solving skills of undergraduate STEM majors through faculty curricular development, workshops, and student peer-led activities;
  • Foster interdisciplinary connections and transformative learning approaches in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and psychology, at all levels of the curriculum;
  • Facilitate recruitment and training of students as peer-mentors, tutors, and workshop leaders;
  • Provide resources for students and faculty who are learning, teaching, or studying in the STEM fields;
  • Strengthen and expand on Oberlin’s tradition of leadership in science education;
  • Catalyze greater interactions between the science departments and all the departments and programs across the campus of Oberlin College;
  • Support enhanced summer programming for all science research students;
  • Raise the profile and provide recognition for research conducted by Oberlin students and faculty in the sciences.