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Boston, MA — Boston University has received a $1.4 million grant from the Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today. The NSF-funded program provides support for training and fellowships for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who serve as resource assistants in science, math, engineering, and technology in K-12 schools. Eight BU graduate students and two undergraduates will participate in the first year of the three-year grant.
“This funding enables motivated undergrads and graduate students to collaborate with high school teachers to find ways to improve the quality of science education in the classroom,” says Boston University Professor H. Eugene Stanley, the program’s Project Leader at BU.
The program encourages university students to develop their communication skills while sharing their enthusiasm and expertise in science and mathematics. They also are able to bring their own inquiry-based projects into the classroom to provide hands-on perspectives on the importance of science and technology. Initiated in 1999, the NSF program is enthusiastically supported by teachers. “Both students and teachers,” says Judith Ramaley, NSF’s assistant director for Education and Human Resources, “benefit from the opportunity to work with graduate students who are excited about science and math.”
The Boston University GK-12 awardees will serve as a resource for 13 high school and middle school science and mathematics teachers in two partnering school districts. Over the three years of the grant, the project expects to reach approximately 3,000 middle and high school students in 156 math and science classes.
Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of nearly 28,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the fine arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.