About cCWCS

What cCWCS does

cCWCS provides support for STEM education dissemination efforts efforts. This takes the form of sponsorship of workshops and symposia, assistance with advertising and webpage development, and formation fo partnerships and networks. Please see our What cCWCS can do for YOU! webpage for more details.

Origins of cCWCS

The Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) program is the successor to the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS).   CWCS was supported for 2000-2010 by a series of grants from NSF Division of Undergraduate Education Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program. Over a ten-year period, CWCS offered over 100 hands-on, intentive and immersive five-day workshops for over 1800 participants. These workshops were designed for individuals engaged in undergraduate teaching. They incorporated lots of hands-on experiential learning and provided extensive sets of high quality tested curriculum materials.

Looking ahead

As cCWCS, funded by the NSF TUES program, the schedule of workshops will continue but a much broader set of activities will further engage members of the professoriate networking opportunities. These include both week-long workshops, shorter workshops and symposia at conferences, support of regional initiatives, and dissemination and implementation grants. The development of new web-based communities provides further opportunities to engage the professoriate in professional development activities. cCWCS administers two small-grant programs to support implementaiton and dissemination of high quality curriculum materials and pedagogies.

cCWCS Directors

cCWCS is directed by Professor J.C. Smith (Georgia State University), David Collard (Georgia institute of Technology), Patricia Hill (Millersville University), and Lawrence Kaplan (Williams College).

Jerry Smith
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 

David Collard
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Pat Hill
Millersville University
Milleville, PA

Larry Kaplan
Williams College
Williamstown, MA

Evaluation Activities

cCWCS activities are subject to a thorough assessment process. This initiative is coordinated by Dr. Cianán Russell. Various perspectives on the activities of cCWCS are available on our evaluation page.


cCWCS is supported for 2011-2015 by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education CCLI program. Previous activities of the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences, which serve as the basis for many of the initiatives of cCWCS, were supported by NSF Curriculum, Course and Laboratory Improvement awards #89417 (2001-2003), 341138 (2004-2006) and 0618678 (2007-10). We also acknowledge the following companies which have provided support to selected workshops.

Advanced ChemTech
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
Bruker AXS
CAChe Group/Fujitsu
Eastman Chemical Company
Fisher Scientific
Fluidigm Corporation
Hampton Research Corporation
Honeywell Specialty Materials

MJ Research
Molecular Dimensions, Ltd.
Nanoscience Instruments
Pacific Nanotechnology
Syrrx, Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
Varian Inc.
VWR Scientific Products

Advisory Board

cCWCS benefits from the insights provided by an advisory board including leaders in chemical education.

Richard Jones
Sinclair Community College

Kerry Karukstis
Harvey Mudd College


Patricia Mabrouk

Northeastern University


Melanie Cooper
Clemson University

Thomas Higgins
Harold Washington College

Adele Wolfson
Wellesley College