NSF grant will fund teacher research experiences

Posted at 2:30 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 14:30:21-05

Michigan State University has landed a three-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation grant that will extend MSU’s Research Experiences for Teachers.

This project will be in collaboration with the College of Education and the Center for Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering. Margo Glew from the College of Education will serve as the curriculum development specialist, and Claudia Vergara, from CEER, will be the program evaluator.

For three years, 11 MSU faculty members will be involved in cutting-edge research and other professional development activities that will help them serve as faculty mentors to RET teachers.

“We will continue to develop a strong partnership between MSU and schools in the greater Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids areas,” said Wen Li, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Our goal is to train another cadre of leaders of middle and high school teachers in the STEM areas. We’ll recruit teachers from mid and southeast Michigan who serve socioeconomically challenged populations and students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering.”

The MSU faculty members that will be trained include:

• Evangelyn Alocilja, biosystems and agricultural engineering

• Xiaoming Liu, computer science and engineering

• Wen Li, Andrew Mason, Nelson Sepulveda, Xiaobo Tan, Lalita Udpa and Chuan Wang from electrical and computer engineering

• Jongeun Choi, Peter Lillehoj and Junghoon Yeom from mechanical engineering

“Based on their research experiences, the teachers will develop innovative curriculum materials, which will be brought back to their classroom and shared online through,” said Li.

The abstract on the NSF award is available here