CREST is an NSF-CCLI project (Award 1022793) that focuses on building learning communities among undergraduates, undergraduate educators and science researchers. This collaboration has allowed partners to dig deeply into a scientific topic, then design innovative instructional materials that bring current research into the undergraduate classroom.

This site contains a variety of resources for CREST partners as well as a collection of materials that have been developed as a product of the CREST program. Please contact Margaret Franzen ( if you wish to borrow any of the models for classroom use.

About the CREST Program

In the CREST Program, researchers, undergraduate educators and undergraduate students work together to explore a research topic and create educational materials for use in the undergraduate classroom.

About the CREST Program
Program Goals
List of CREST Partners

Instructional Materials

CREST Modeling Teams (or a subset thereof) have worked closely with undergraduate educators at their institutions to develop instructional materials to be used in conjunction with the physical models of proteins that have been built using 3D printing technologies.

Explore CREST-Developed
Instructional Materials

Program Resources

The CREST Program has produced a collection of guidelines and resources to help partners develope the most powerful teaching materials possible, including program assessment resources.

Instructional Material Resources
Jmol Resources
Assessment Resources

The CREST Program Relationships

The CREST program focuses on local partnerships, with a goal of developing a community of researchers, educators and students all focused on the same project.

The CREST Project is funded by NSF-DUE 1022793 and NSF-DUE 1323414.

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