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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!

Making molecular biology come to life

Professor Ellen Rothenberg, 2016 Feynman Prize Winner
Monday, November 7, 2016, 12:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Ellen Rothenberg, the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology, is the 2016 recipient of the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This prize honors "a professor who demonstrates, in the broadest sense, an unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching." At Caltech, Professor Rothenberg has taught and developed both upper and lower division courses on immunology, hematopoiesis, cell biology, and molecular biology. She has taken an active role in improving biology teaching by redeveloping two introductory courses, Cell Biology (Bi9) and Molecular Biology (Bi8). Her improvements have pushed students to a better understanding of the molecular world by emphasizing the connectivity between topics within the field of biology, showing it is not just a "memorization game" (as one of her nominating students put it), but in fact a logical system that can be deeply understood and explored. Professor Rothenberg has also skillfully introduced complex concepts and biological techniques that enabled her students to answer challenging biological questions using the tools and knowledge they had acquired during the course. Please join us for a special teaching seminar, "Making molecular biology come to life" in which Professor Rothenberg will speak about her experiences teaching molecular biology here at Caltech



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!