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The Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI), a division of the UMass College of Natural Sciences, is an interdisciplinary group who:
Institute members have come from a variety of backgrounds including biology, physics, mathematics, education, and psychology. SRRI projects and associates serve the campus community by providing financial support for graduate and undergraduate students, directing theses and independent study projects, promoting interactions with local school teachers, fostering instructional innovation, and promoting collaborations with other researchers and organizations.
The Institute itself does not offer degrees. Rather, our students enroll in a graduate degree program with another UMass department, and then choose one of our members or affiliated faculty as their research advisor. Most of the students we have sponsored have come from Psychology, Physics, and the School of Education. Students must satisfy all degree requirements for their home department, including course work and qualifying exams.
If you are interested in graduate work with SRRI, you will need to apply to a degree-granting UMass department. If you wish, you may contact us to discuss the choice of departments.
SRRI was founded in 1987 through the efforts of its first director, Jack Lochhead. Initially, the Institute was conceived as the synthesis of three components:
Unfortunately, the Basic Math Program, existing as it did outside traditional University structures, was an early casualty of the severe budget cuts of the 1990s. Since then, the Institute has relied entirely on external grant funding, primarily from the National Science Foundation.