Tag Archives: STEM

Austin honored for international work in higher education

In 1998, Ann E. Austin spent a year in South Africa as a Fulbright Fellow studying and collaborating with colleagues toward the goals of improving higher education at what is now Nelson Mandela University. Almost 20 years later, she says that experience formed the basis for not only her own international work, but for developing… Read More »

Cooper receives honorary doctorate

In early December 2016, Professor Melanie Cooper was awarded an honorary doctorate during the University of South Florida (USF) commencement ceremonies. Cooper, Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education, is a world-renowned chemist and science education pioneer. She was nominated and selected to receive the honorary degree for her professional achievements and contributions to the advancement of… Read More »

$2M NSF grant to help youngest students learn science

It’s often thought that kindergarten is too early to learn science. But with the right approach to teaching, even the youngest students can learn to think and talk like scientists, Michigan State University researchers say. Using a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, MSU scholars plan to help teachers across the nation… Read More »

Supporting financially strapped engineering students

A $1 million National Science Foundation grant will help second- and third-year engineering students with financial needs continue on their paths to graduation. Attracting talented students into science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM disciplines, does little good if financial strains derail a student’s plans midway to graduation. The NSF grant to the Michigan… Read More »

Gonzales receives NSF INCLUDES grant

College of Education researcher Leslie Gonzales has received one of the first grants from NSF INCLUDES, a new National Science Foundation initiative aimed at increasing participation in the STEM fields. Gonzales, assistant professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) at Michigan State University, is one of four principal investigators of a multi-university collaboration that… Read More »

The moth project: Investigating science together

It turns out moths don’t like to fly in the cold. The sixth-graders in Rob Voigt’s classes discovered this after a few nights collecting moths in their backyards using traps they built at school. While they were busy designing experiments to answer their questions about moths, a team of Michigan State University researchers were doing… Read More »