NSF GK-12 Fellows Program » Fellowships
Beginning Summer 2010, the ITL Program in CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science received a new GK-12 award from the National Science Foundation to fund engineering PhD students to teach hands-on engineering in K-12 classrooms to exploit engineering as a vehicle for the integration of science and math instruction.
Program goals include:
- Enhance Fellows' understanding of the global and societal context of their own research.
- Develop Fellows to become STEM and social leaders.
- Capitalize on GK-12 opportunity to recruit highly-qualified, diverse engineering doctoral students.
- Improve teachers' skill and comfort with STEM content knowledge and pedagogy.
- Transform the nine-school Skyline (in Longmont, CO) feeder system into a successful STEM school district/university partnership model.
- Employ engineering content and practices to enrich STEM learning by K-12 students.
- Engage faculty research advisors as Fellows create and deliver research-based, hands-on engineering K-12 STEM curricula.
- Broadly disseminate results.
Fellows spend ~10 hours weekly planning and delivering in-class instruction to K-12 students, and approximately five additional hours preparing curricula for both classroom instruction and the TeachEngineering digital library and participating in Saturday and summer workshops for K-12 youth and teachers. Pedegogical seminars in classroom management, assessment, gender equity and other educational topics that impact classroom instruction are provided throughout the year. Fellows partner with specific teachers in 5-12th grade classrooms in Longmont, Lafayette and Denver, introducing girls and boys to hands-on engineering and serving as engineer role models for youngsters. The combined 10 schools serve thousands of diverse student populations and prepare students for high school pre-engineering studies and college engineering pursuits.
This award provides 10 fellowships for CU-Boulder engineering PhD students who have an energy or environmenal focus to their research. Each fellowship provides a half-time GRA stipend (15 hours per week during the academic year; 20 hours per week during the summer months) funded 12 months annually, with opportunity for three-quarter summer appointment. In addition, tuition and partial medical benefits are covered. Current or prospective PhD students should apply online. Please contact Janet Yowell via phone (303-492-5230) or email.