AAU logoThe Association of American Universities (AAU) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.  Founded in 1900 to advance the international standing of U.S. research universities, AAU today focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education.

AAU member universities are on the leading edge of innovation, scholarship, and solutions that contribute to the nation’s economy, security, and well-being.

AAU programs and projects address institutional issues facing its member universities, as well as government actions that affect these and other universities. Currently, one of the chief focuses for AAU is improving undergraduate STEM education.

Find out more about how the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative at Washington University is helping support curricular improvements and faculty professional development programs.

CIRCLE logoThe Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) was formed in 2011 by Professor of Psychology Mark McDaniel and Gina Frey, Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education and executive director of The Teaching Center to provide a bridge between Washington University faculty and researchers in the cognitive and learning sciences in order to facilitate collaborative projects that can improve student learning.

CIRCLE also provides a bridge between communities of discipline-based STEM education researchers and researchers in the cognitive and learning sciences by hosting conferences focused on best practices in the classroom.