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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program recognizes that graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) must be prepared with the necessary skills to face the career challenges of the 21st century. NSF also recognizes that STEM graduate students can contribute to the national effort to advance science education in K-12 schools through partnerships with K-12 teachers. These partnerships offer graduate students an opportunity to improve their teaching and communication skills while at the same time improving STEM content and teaching at the K-12 level. To support these opportunities, NSF continues to offer the Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program.

The objectives of the GK-12 program are:

  1. to support highly qualified graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines through fellowships that provide them with opportunities to acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers in the 21st century;
  2. to improve STEM instruction in K-12 schools; and
  3. to provide institutions of higher education with an opportunity to make permanent changes in their graduate programs by including partnerships with K-12 schools in a manner that is of mutual benefit to their faculties and students.

The Foundation offers two tracks within the GK-12 program: Track 1 (initial track) designed for new projects, and Track 2 (follow on track) designed for past or current projects to build, expand and improve on the initial experiences, to build sustaining features of their STEM graduate education programs, and to disseminate models for the nation.

Because MU may submit only one GK-12 proposal, letters of intent must be submitted to the Graduate School, 210 Jesse Hall, no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 1.  Researchers should send a draft of the letter of intent that they plan to send to NSF. The letter of intent is a brief statement that must address the following: 1) essential features of the project design, including whether they are Track 1 or Track 2 projects; 2) principal investigator and list of faculty participants including their disciplines/departments and institutional affiliation; 3) K-12 school district participants and their affiliation; 4) disciplines to be covered by GK-12 teachers and GK-12 fellows; 5) Grade band: high school, middle school or elementary grades; and 6) Project setting: rural, urban, suburban.

Amount: Track 1 awards--$300,000—660,000/yr. for up to three (3) years
  Track 2 awards--up to $2 million total for an award duration of up to five (5) years
Campus Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005
NSF Deadlines: Letters of Intent (required): May 4, 2005
  Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 2, 2005

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. If there are others who may be interested, please forward to them.


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