Graduate Student awarded NSF GK–12 Fellowship
Hunter Glanz, a graduate student in statistics, was selected as one of the fellows for the National Science Foundation (NSF) GK–12 Fellowship program awarded to BU. Hunter will be mentored by Dr. Surajit Ray, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.
NSF awarded the BU GLACIER (Global Change Initiative: Education & Research) project $2.8 million to support 10 fellows across four CAS departments and in engineering. The NSF program supports fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. GLACIER fellows will receive a strong interdisciplinary perspective on global change research, and have the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills by learning how to translate their research into exciting and dynamic classroom lessons for children in grades 5–8. The BU fellows will conduct research organized around six areas: atmosphere; climate connections; hydrosphere fisheries, marine diversity, and marine conservation; biosphere biodiversity with a focus on Walden Pond and Harvard Forest; energy, conservation, and sustainability; and data, measurement, and analysis.
The project aims to educate a citizenry that can make informed decisions about the environment, and to train future generations of scientists with a multidisciplinary perspective and strong analytical skills. GLACIER will strengthen the ties between Boston University and two partner school districts of Cambridge and Brookline, as well as enhance existing links to local museum, zoo, aquarium, and other field sites. GLACIER brings in faculty from Geography & Environment (Nathan Phillips, Robert Kaufman, Bruce Anderson, Crystal Schaaf), Biology (Les Kaufmann, Richard Primack), Statistics (Surajit Ray), Earth Science (David Marchant), Engineering (Michael Gevelber, Michael Ruane), and Education (Don DeRosa). The principal investigator for the project is Geography & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal.