VU Awarded $500,000 Math, Science Teaching Grant

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Short Takes

Published on August 17, 2011 with No Comments

Valparaiso University has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of graduates in the science and math teaching disciplines, with the goal of enhancing the quality of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in Northwest Indiana and nationwide. “This grant will help Valpo develop the next generation of teachers in mathematics and science who will be nurturing the future scientists and engineers in our country,” said Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler. The 5-year project, entitled “Mathematics and Science Education Enrollment and Development (MSEED) Program,” will be led by three Valpo professors, Gary Morris, Delphina Hopkins-Gillispie, and Robert Clark. Morris, associate dean of arts and sciences, said the program will recruit a diverse population of 75 students who have a specific interest in pursuing a career teaching mathematics and/or science. Key objectives of Valpo’s MSEED program include: Involvement of MSEED students in research and curriculum development; Preparation of high-quality math and science teachers with a proven ability to positively influence student learning; Graduation of all MSEED students with a Bachelor of Science in a STEM field and teaching licensure in four years; Development and implementation of new assessment instruments that explore the impact of engagement in research on the quality of high school teaching. For more information about the MSEED program, please send your inquiries to mseed@valpo.edu.

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