To promote interdisciplinary research, community outreach, civic engagement, and service learning within the Duke community, especially in a vertical learning format that includes undergraduates, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and faculty.


The Duke Center for Science Education will foster collaboration among Duke faculty, students, and staff who have interests in science education that targets the K-16, graduate, and general populations.


  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to foster research in science education; fund pilot projects in science education to both faculty and students
  • Promote development of novel methods and resources for teaching science at the pre-college and college levels
  • Provide K-12 teachers with professional development opportunities to bring content to the classroom
  • Provide teaching resources with demonstrated effectiveness on learning science to the K-16 population
  • Support community outreach, civic engagement, and service learning activities among Duke students interested in science education
  • Establish awareness within the Duke community and beyond of the Center and its research activities, resources, and role in civic engagement



Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D.
Director, Duke Center for Science Education
Director, RISE
Professor of Pharmacology
(919) 684-5181

Associated Faculty & Staff

Advisory Board
Affiliated Faculty
Academic & Research Associates


The Duke Center for Science Education is located on the main Duke campus in the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC Building). Its current home is B238 LSRC Building, located on the second floor above the LSRC cafeteria. Visitor parking is available across the street in the Bryan Center garage. Download a map here.

President Brodhead Awards Duke's Center for Science Education Executive Director
Congratulations to Chris Adamczyk, Executive Director of Duke's Center for Science Education, who was honored on April 20 by President Brodhead for winning a 2010 Presidential Award . This prestigious award is given to Duke staff and faculty to recognize distinctive contributions to Duke University & the Duke Health System over the past year. Read more about her award here.
The Hartwell Foundation Gift Establishes Science Summer Camp for Teens
The Duke Center for Science Education has received a $1.3 million gift from The Hartwell Foundation to establish a residential summer science camp for teens in grades 8, 9, & 10.  The campers will be bright, curious, capable students who are still unsure about choosing science as a career path.  The camp, a collaboration between the Center and Duke Medicine, will seek to make a life-changing difference early in the lives of young campers by sparking the desire to follow an academic pathway that leads to lifelong involvement in science.  For more information and to view the press release, click here.
RBC Supports Center
The Duke Center for Science Education recently received generous support from RBC Corporate to support the Showcase of Science Education coming this Fall.  Stay tuned for more information on this exciting venture!
Duke Science Ed Project Goes Virtual
Duke Today's Research Blog features a story on a virtual reality program developed by students in Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom's independent study course in science education.  Students Marcel Yang and David McMullen reported to the Visualization Forum about their really cool program to help students learn chemistry--and it's all about alcohol! 
Spotlight on Interdisciplinary Studies
Spotlight on Interdisciplinary Studies: The Duke Center for Science Education is highlighted in the July 2008 Spotlight published by the Provost's Office on Interdisciplinary Studies.  Read how the Center interweaves faculty research, student education, and community outreach. 
Program Highlighted in Science Magazine

The Pharmacology Education Partnership (PEP), a high school curriculum developed by faculty in the Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology and at the NC School of Science & Math, was assessed nationally and published in the Sept.28, 2007 issue of Science Magazine. Details on the paper available here.