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Caltech Project for Effective Teaching

About CPET

CPET (Caltech Project for Effective Teaching) is a group of graduate students and postdocs dedicated to improving our own teaching skills and helping others to do the same. CPET is part of the Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach (CTLO), and each year we host quarterly seminars and workshops by the some of the best STEM professors in Southern California on topics related to higher education. We also host a monthly journal club on interesting and emerging fields in higher education and offer two Teaching Certificate programs to help participants become knowledgeable and effective future faculty. 

CPET Certificate Programs
CPET offers two certificate programs, the Certificate of Interest and the Certificate of Practice in University Teaching. If you are interested in participating in either certificate program, please check out our Certificate Page and contact us at!   

CPET Journal Club 
CPET holds a montly Journal Club where we read about and discuss interesting and emerging topics in the field of higher education with the aim of developing our teaching knowledge and skills for our future positions as educators in academia, industry, and beyond. Specific articles and reviews will be emailed to the CPET mailing list and all other participants one week prior to meeting. 


Upcoming CPET Events

As seminar speakers, dates, and topics are solidified, they will be announced here. You can also download our google calendar for up-to-date information on seminars, workshops, and journal clubs!


Research Engagement: The Key to Transforming Laboratory Education in STEM

Dr. Erin Sanders (UCLA)

Thursday, June 15th, 11:00AM, Noyes 147

Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) and apprentice-based research experiences (AREs) represent inclusive, student-centered instructional strategies that engage large numbers of students in authentic research. Come and learn about a laboratory curriculum that was created as a framework for immersing Life Science students into an assortment of CUREs and AREs, wide-ranging enough to accommodate the diverse research interests of over 250 undergraduates per year, yet tailored to the unique motivations and competencies of individual students. Assessment of this curriculum indicates that both CUREs and AREs promote student learning and inspire student interest in biology.  


Other Events of Interest

There are currently no upcoming events of interest, but please check back soon!

CPET Mailing List

Interested in getting involved with CPET? Please sign up for the CPET mailing list here to learn about upcoming seminars, workshops, and other opportunities offered through CPET! You can also participate in CPET Committee Meetings, in which we discuss what types of programing CPET can provide!