A group of twelve graduate students and post-docs from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel participated in an exchange program hosted by CREATE for STEM Institute and Michigan State University from October 27-November 3, 2019. They brought a host of research interests with them: secondary science, computer science, and math education research.
This study abroad experience offered an opportunity to foster a rich exchange between MSU and Weizmann students and postdocs for supporting future exchange experiences, potential post-doctoral fellowships, and collaborative research. The goals of this visit were to introduce the students to a broad range of work and research that is done at MSU in the field of education with a focus on STEM education research and to provide an understanding of the American educational system.
Weizmann Institute is considered to be one of the top science research institutes in the world (ranked 45 according to the CWUR). Despite the relatively small size of the Department of Science Education has many prestigious researchers that partner with MSU researchers and over the recent years has helped to advance the field.
A week of interactive sessions, workshops, and meetings with faculty and research groups from here in CREATE and with other faculty in the College of Education maximized interaction and exchange of ideas, resulting in a very heartfelt, memorable experience for our visitors - and for us.