Project Crossover

  • Research Project

What We Do

Project Crossover is a mixed methods project that looks to uncover the mechanisms in transitioning from a graduate student to scientist in chemistry and physics.

Primarily, this project seeks to address three main questions:

  1. Is there a common approach to educating graduate students, and are these commonalities across programs linked to graduating more productive scientists?  
  2. What criteria are applied to gauge whether students are prepared to become independent researchers?  
  3. How do the impressions of advisors and graduate students differ?

This project has continued beyond the original three-year plan. Data from the project is continually being analyzed and results disseminated.

Affiliated Faculty

Robert H Tai

Robert H. Tai

  • Associate Professor

Related Lab

  • Research Lab

Robert H. Tai Research Group

The Robert H. Tai Research Group is a research team based at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.  This multi-institutional team conducts quantitative and qualitative research on major issues in Science Education.  The overarching goal is to produce robust empirical data that targets national policy, with the outcome of developing science students into productive and contributing scientists.

Dr. Tai and his research team cover a wide-range of interests including student engagement in K-12 science, the retention of students in the science pipeline, factors influencing success in college science courses, the transition of graduate students to practicing scientist, as well as the role of specialized high schools in talent development.  The team takes advantage of the many outlets for sharing and presenting research findings, thus reaching a wide audience in informing and influencing Science Education.