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Welborn Academy of Science and Technology Principal, UNCG alumna and doctoral candidate Lori Bolds, right, gives a tour of the academy to UNCG graduate students, who have applied to become STEM Fellows.

Welborn Academy of Science and Technology Principal, UNCG alumna and doctoral candidate Lori Bolds, right, gives a tour of the academy to UNCG graduate students, who have applied to become STEM Fellows.

$2.8 million National Science Foundation grant helps researchers engage K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math

In May 2010, researchers in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education began a five-year project called Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education aimed at exposing K-12 students to a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. The project pairs graduate student fellows from three departments (biology, chemistry & biochemistry, and geography) with teachers and students at three Guilford County science magnet schools.

A $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation supports the project, which will help PhD students engage K-12 educators and students in new forms of science learning and research. Graduate fellows will learn to communicate research to a wide variety of audiences, develop lessons plans and lead students in research activities. In addition, public school teachers will integrate new research into their teaching and take part in professional development on inquiry-based science instruction and working with diverse student groups.