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NSF PR 99-66 - October 25, 1999

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New Awards Connect Higher Education and K-12 Classrooms

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a first round of grants to researchers at 31 institutions nationwide under an innovative educational program enabling talented graduate students and advanced undergraduates in science, mathematics, engineering and technology to serve as teaching fellows in K-12 schools.

The grants, made under the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program, will go to institutions in 24 states from New York to Hawaii, as well as Puerto Rico. The multi-year awards were made after reviewing proposals from 157 institutions in 46 states. Collectively, the 31 new grants, totaling $13.4 million for the first year, will fund about 300 graduate and 100 undergraduate students annually. Planned as a pilot effort in1999, the program received such a positive response from colleges and universities that NSF allocated more funds than originally planned.

A formal program was requested and approved by Congress as part of NSF’s 2000 budget.

"The GK-12 program will boost the content of elementary and secondary education and the quality of graduate and undergraduate education at the same time," Rita Colwell, NSF director said recently to the GK-12 review panel. “This is a very practical approach: graduate and advanced undergraduate students will get direct classroom experience; young scientists will get involved in the educational process at an early stage in their careers; and the program gives recognition to teaching in a scientific career.”

Colwell said that the collaboration between universities and local school districts will strengthen relationships between universities and communities, and the balance of give-and-take between all educational levels gives the program promise of “a classic win-win.”

Graduate students in the GK-12 program will receive annual stipends of $18,000, plus a cost-of-education allowance. Undergraduate students will receive as much as $5,000 per academic year, plus up to an additional $5,000 for service in the summer.

Academic institutions that offer graduate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology can apply for two-to three-year awards ranging from $200,000 up to $500,000 per year. The institutions are responsible for selecting the teaching fellows.


Attachment: List of GK-12 Awards.


GK-12 Awards For Teaching Fellows



Amount (Est.)

Project Leader (PI)


Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB)

$1,417,300-3 yrs

Larry Krannich


Univ. of Arizona

$1,370,600-3 yrs

Michelle Hall-Wallace


San Diego State Univ. Foundation

$1,500,000-3 yrs

Nancy Taylor


Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

$1,293,700-3 yrs

Jacquelyn F. Sullivan


Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa

$1,422,450-3 yrs

Kenneth Y.Kaneshiro


Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

$1,317,200-3 yrs

Donald J. Wink


Univ. of Kansas

$1,092,000-3 yrs

Janet Bond Robinson

Massachusetts (2)

Tufts University

$ 888,000-3 yrs

Martha N. Cyr


Northeastern Univ.

$1,000,000-3 yrs

David C.Blackman


Johns Hopkins Univ.

$ 455,600-2 yrs

James E. Hildreth


University of Maine

$1,315,800-3 yrs

Susan H. Brawley

Michigan (2)

Wayne State Univ.

$1,343,200-3 yrs

Gerald Dunifer


Michigan Tech. Univ.

$1,147,000-3 yrs

Beverly J. Baartmans


Univ. of Mississippi

$1,422,300-3 yrs

John H.O'Haver

N. Carolina (2)

North Carolina State

$ 273,000-3 yrs

Laura J. Bottomley


Duke University

$ 340,300-3 yrs

Gary A. Ybarra

New Jersey

Rutgers University

$1,487,600-3 yrs

Kathleen M.Scott

New York

Clarkson University

$ 962,700-3 yrs

Susan E. Powers


Cornell University

$1,346,500-3 yrs

Marianne E. Krasny


Ohio State Univ.

$1,186,800-3 yrs

Alan Van Heuvelen


Oregon State Univ.

$1,486,100-3 yrs

Donald J. Arp

Pennsylvania (2)

Penn St. Univ.

$1,389,300-3 yrs

Donald A.Streit


Univ. of Pennsylvania

$1,497,900-3 yrs

Dennis M.DeTurck

Puerto Rico

Univ. of Puerto Rico

$1,300,000-3 yrs

Josefina A.Arce de Sanabia

Rhode Island

Univ. of Rhode Island

$1,477,700-3 yrs

John T. Merrill


Vanderbilt Univ.

$1,230,000-3 yrs

Virginia L.Sheperd

Texas (2)

Rice University

$1,373,900-3 yrs

Kathleen S.Matthews


Texas Engrg. Experimentation Station (College Station)

$ 679,500-3 yrs

Diana I.Marinez


Univ. of Washington

$1,473,200-3 yrs

Denice D. Denton


Univ. of Wisconsin

$1,100,000-3 yrs

Terrence C.Millar

West Va.

West Virginia Univ. Research Corp.

$1,460,100-3 yrs

Allen C. Cogley



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