From Hectares to Nanometers: GK-12 Multidisciplinary Explorations of Functional Nanoscience and Tropical Ecosystems

Program Agency Name: 

IGERT FULL PROPOSALS, GRAD TEACHING FELLOW IN K-12ED, GRAD TEACHING FELLOWS IN K-12, EXP PROG TO STIM COMP RES

Award Abstract: 

This GK-12 project builds a strategic interdisciplinary partnership between the University of Puerto Rico?s Institute of Tropical Ecosystem Studies and Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, which together provide doctoral research projects to over eighty PhD students in chemistry, biology, chemical physics, and environmental science. It will strengthen 7th-9th teachers and students? scientific knowledge through multidisciplinary explorations of tropical ecosystems and functional nanoscience, while improving graduate students? abilities to communicate and teach science. Through this GK 12 project: 24 graduate students will be better prepared to be leaders and to communicate and collaborate effectively with colleagues and peer reviewers as well as with teachers, students, and the general public; 48 science teachers in eight 7th-9th level schools will broaden their science content knowledge and have a better understanding of nano and environmental sciences; 165 additional teachers will participate in the Summer Institute gaining science content knowledge and acquire educational materials development skills; 3,000 7th?9th students will experience the excitement of scientific research and improved understanding of science. This GK-12 project will increase and diversify the national pool of competent scientists, enhance teachers? content knowledge in two multidisciplinary science fields, provide 7th 9th students understanding of the core concepts and ideas in nano and environmental sciences, and develop modern educational materials. The GK-12 educational materials and other products will be incorporated into the Pre Service Teacher Science Methodology Course, impacting future teachers and their students, and they will be available online for teachers and students around the world.

Estimated End Date: 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Extension: 

Extension Start Date (Initial Amendment Date): 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Extension End Date (Latest Amendment Date): 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Awarded Amount to Date: 

Total Awarded Amount to Date: 

2 549 295.00

Date of Total Awarded Amount: 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Common Names: 

Nanoscience

Number of Institutions Award Type : 

Person-Admin Role: 

Person: 

Gerardo Morell

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Person: 

Elvia Meléndez Ackerman

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Person: 

Gladys Dávila

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Person: 

Klariluz Dávila

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Person: 

Ana Rita Mayol

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Person: 

Lizzette Velázquez

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Person: 

Manuel Gomez

Administrative/Scientific Role: 

Multi-Institutional Award Professor Role: 

Start Date: 

Friday, May 15, 2009

Program Acronym: 

Award Number: 

841338