Founded in 2007, the Learning Sciences Research Institute at The University of Illinois, Chicago has become a center for interdisciplinary research and study, boasting a dually appointed faculty who draw on research traditions from Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics, Urban Studies, History and more. We have a large number of productive collaborations with Chicago schools, but our work also extends to museums, zoos, concert halls and anywhere else that learning happens.

Our PhD program trains students in the theories and research methodologies associated with learning sciences. After completing the five-year doctoral program, PhD students are well-positioned for placement in the job market. The majority are given the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, working directly with faculty on externally funded, multi-year research projects that investigate learning both in and out of the classroom.

  • 5Years We fully fund our students for the entire five years of the PhD program.

  • $105Million Since 2002, LSRI faculty and staff have generated over $105 million in external funding for research, development and outreach. This includes active funding of $18 million for projects administered within LSRI.

LSRI SPOTLIGHTS

computer screen
WALLCOLOGY Project
Multiple computers serve as "peepholes" into the walls of the classroom to view an imaginary ecosystem with virtual flora and fauna. The students conduct investigations and make claims about different species, their classification, their habitats, and their mutual relationships.
Professor Josh Radinsky
Professor JOSH RADINSKY
Dr. Radinsky uses data maps and other visualization tools to help people talk about social phenomena like change over time, race and racism, narrative and identity. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities and served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Learning Sciences from 2013-2016.
Recent graduate Allison Hall
Recent graduate ALLISON HALL talks about the LSRI graduate program.
Dr. Hall is currently co-teaching one of LSRI's core courses and working with Susan Goldman and Alison Castro Superfine on the project "How Teachers Learn: Orchestrating Disciplinary Discourse in Science, Literature, and Mathematics Classrooms."
graduate students
The 2018 LEARNING SCIENCES GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE
Pictured: Ola Adach, Diksha Gaur, Krystal Madden, Jessica Chalmers (Graduate Coordinator), Chris Fry and Laura Zeller in Nashville, TN.
current students
Current students DIKSHA GAUR and KRYSTAL MADDEN
Diksha and Krystal in front of their poster at the Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference in Nashville.
Dr. Mike Stieff
Dr. MIKE STIEFF's Connected Chemistry Curriculum
"We're changing the way kids think about chemistry."