Request for Participation - Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Assessment

CER folks,

My name is Jake Wainman, an assistant professor new to CER at the
University of Minnesota Duluth. A graduate student in my research group,
Adeesha Jayathilaka, is attempting to measure students' interdisciplinary
problem-solving skills among the subdisciplines of chemistry. We're looking
for expert feedback on the items in our assessment.

If you are willing and able, please see below for more information on how
to get involved. Please also share with any other potential participants,
or send suggestions to myself or Adeesha (

Jake Wainman


Dear Chemistry and Biochemistry Experts

My name is Adeesha Jayathilaka, an M.S. Chemistry graduate student at the
University of Minnesota Duluth. As an expert in the field of chemistry or
biochemistry, I would like to humbly request your participation in a survey
that would be of great help to my project.

My project is focused on evaluating the interdisciplinary problem-solving
skills of graduating chemistry and biochemistry majors at intersections of
chemistry subdisciplines. A novel instrument composed of 30 items has been
developed to achieve this goal. Each item in the instrument is designed so
that it requires understanding of multiple branches of chemistry and
utilizes problem-solving skills necessary in real-world applications and

Currently, we are in the process of validating the items included in the
instrument. To further optimize the instrument, we need expert opinions,
which is why we would greatly appreciate your help. You are qualified to
offer your expertise and feedback if you hold a graduate degree in
Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related field.

You may provide feedback by completing a google form (~30-45 minutes),
which contains the items opportunities for providing feedback. More
detailed instructions are provided on the first page of the google form.
This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Minnesota

The google form link is available upon request - please send requests for
inclusion in this study to

Thank you so much for your time,

Adeesha Jayathilaka
M.S. Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota Duluth
213 HCAMS, 1038 University Dr.
Duluth, MN 55812