Examples of funded projects...
1) In FY 2004, over 8,900 applications were received in HER's Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) program and 1,020 awards were made. For example, the GRF program supports the efforts of a U.S. biomedical engineering student to work at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She has developed an alternative method for assessing the clotting potential of artificial heart valves prior to clinical trials. She has also been involved in a number of outreach and mentoring programs in Scotland, including working at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and helping to teach basic science concepts to young children. 2) A study conducted under a grant to the University of Texas at Austin supported by HER's Research on Learning and Education (ROLE) program analyzed how curriculum and course taking shape high school students' progress through science and mathematics and into science and teaching professions. Results show that minority students and those from families with lower socioeconomic status tend to have less access to advanced coursework from the start of their high school years and that this gap continues to grow throughout their high school years. The study analyzed the relationship between access to quality courses and overall achievement in the science, mathematics, and engineering fields. 3) Funded by HER's Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) Program, the Toledo Area Partnership in Education: Support Teachers as Resources to Improve Elementary Science (TAPESTRIES), represents a partnership among the Toledo Public Schools, Springfield Local Schools, and the Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences at The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. TAPESTRIES implemented teacher-based leadership and other support structures of inquiry-based science curriculum and instructional strategies caused Ohio's Proficiency Test scores at the 4th- and 6th-grade levels to show gains in student learning. 4) HER's Instructional Materials Development (IMD) Program supported Everyday Mathematics (EM), a research-based curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project in the 1980s at the time of a growing consensus that our nation was failing to provide U.S. students with an adequate mathematical education. Elements of EM include problem solving in everyday situations, linking past experiences to new concepts, and developing solutions through multiple strategies. In FY 2003, both New York City and Chicago have made major adoptions of the curriculum and EM curriculum is expected to reach nearly 4,000,000 elementary students by the fall of 2004.5) The NSF Graduate Teaching Fellowships in K-12 Education (GK-12) program supports graduate students in STEM fields while providing them an opportunity to serve as resources in K-12 schools. A GK-12 Fellow at North Carolina State, who is fluent in American Sign Language, worked with hearing-impaired students at nearby Combs Elementary School, and discovered that many science concepts have no unique signs; for example, chemistry and physics have the same sign. As a result, the Fellow worked with teachers at Combs to produce a handbook for interpreting science to hearing impaired students, including a list of standardized science signs to be used county wide. Interest in science increased dramatically among the hearing impaired students. The resulting hands-on activities brought to their classroom made it possible for them to understand a subject that had previously been inaccessible to them. 6) With a grant from the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships (IGERT) program, the University of Arizona is providing graduate students unique opportunities by incorporating several scientific disciplines (including anthropology, the geosciences, physics, materials science and engineering) into archaeological science research - the first major
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This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.