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About Dr. Kevin Schug

Kevin Schug is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Since joining UTA in 2005, his research has been focused on the theory and application of separation science and mass spectrometry for solving a variety of fundamental and applied analytical and physical chemistry problems.

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What is DISCUS?
Diversity in Science in the United States (DISCUS) is the educational component of a National Science Foundation-funded research program. It is a K-12 educational outreach program designed to:
  • Increase awareness of the need for more scientists.
  • Develop pedagogical tools to increase knowledge retention for diverse student populations.
  • Communicate opportunities and routes to higher education for students with limited English proficiency (LEP). Collect and disseminate special higher education opportunities for LEP students nationwide.
Why is DISCUS important?
Less than optimal funding for K-12 education throughout the country and an increasingly diverse student population in the classroom dictates the need for more resources to address this difficult situation. Overall, the number of students with limited English proficiency(LEP) has grown more than 60% in the past 10 years, and in some states, the number of LEP students has doubled since 1995. LEP students now make up more than 10% of the total K-12 student population in the country.
How does DISCUS help?
To help address this problem, especially for the purpose of encouraging more students to follow career paths in science, the DISCUS program will:
  • Facilitate development and dissemination of pedagogical materials (lesson plans) which improve the communication of important scientific concepts to a diverse student population
  • Collect and disseminate special higher education opportunities for LEP students nationwide
  • Increase awareness and excitement for science by holding a booth annually at the Texas State Fair.
How can I get more involved?
  • Register now to become a member of DISCUS, the intersection between diversity, science, education, and fun. 
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nsflogoThis website is meant to provide you with all of the information and resources that the DISCUS program has to offer. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CHE-0846310. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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