Resident Application Information
This UC Denver National Science Foundation grant provides eight Fellowships for full-time graduate students in the general areas of mathematics (3 students) and science (3 students) to enrich their research and teaching experience through partnerships with math and science educators in local Middle Schools. Graduate student, called Residents, will participate as active members of a learning community by working collaboratively with middle school teachers, called Lead Teachers, and STEM faculty mentors. This Fellowship provides graduate students, who are committed to becoming academic professionals in higher education, with the opportunity to increase their knowledge about student learning and effective teaching practices, improve their communications skills, and convert their respective science and mathematics research interests into classroom interactions, which will enhance K-12 science and mathematics curriculum.
The time commitment for this 12 month fellowship begins July 8th, 2013 and ends July 7th, 2014. The following expectations must be met:
- Participation and attendance of the GK-12 Resident Workshop (tentatively scheduled for July 8-11, 2013)
- Full participation in the GK-12 program summer orientation (tentatively scheduled for July 22-25, 2013)
- Approximately 10 hours per week (over 2 days) of direct contact time in a middle school classroom and approximately 5 hours for preparation, meetings, and project requirements
- Attending monthly Resident meetings & seminars at UCD
- Submission of weekly activities reports
- Participation in STEMapalooza or similar STEM outreach event
- Working in partnership with GK-12 Lead teachers on classroom multi-disciplinary & inquiry-based lessons
- Presenting 4 multi-disciplinary & inquiry-based lessons or units
- Presentation of papers and research at (at least) one conference
- Participation in ongoing project evaluation
- Responding in a timely manner to e-mail messages from GK-12 project staff
- Working during the 2014 summer with the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math Science Partnership (RM-MSMSP) or similar project
- NOTE: GK-12 Residents are NOT allowed to hold any job outside of the GK-12 Project
Resident Stipend and Additional Support
The NSF grant provides each Resident with a 12-month stipend of $30,000 and additional funds for graduate tuition and fees up to a maximum of $10,500 for the year.
Who May Apply
Any UC Denver graduate student (Master's and Ph.D.) in the biological sciences, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, or physics, who will be entering at least his/her second year of graduate study during the 2012-2013 academic year is eligible to apply. Students pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics or science education are not eligible for this fellowship. Applicants for this NSF fellowship opportunity must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.
Applications must include:
- A personal statement (limited to 2 double-spaced pages) that describes your interest in the fellowship, your commitment to become a higher education professional, and indicates why you are well qualified to hold such a position. OPTIONAL: You may wish to include in your statement additional information about work you have done related to teaching/education, such as curriculum development work, teaching evaluations, or program reviews in school-based programs.
- A letter of recommendation from someone who is in a position to comment on your commitment to and success in teaching or other work in education
- A letter of recommendation from your academic advisor which includes a statement that he/she understands the project content, the level of commitment required, and is ready and willing to be supportive of all components.
- A statement from the graduate advisor of your program indicating that you are making appropriate progress toward completing your degree and agreeing that participation will not hinder timely completion of your training. This can be in the form of a letter or an email directly sent to the Project Manager.
NOTE: All documents should be submitted via email directly from the person completing the letter or statement to Julie Rodriguez at Julie.Rodriguez@ucdenver.edu
Application Due: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Interviews Conducted: Last week of February 2013
Anticipated Announcement of Awards: early March 2013
For more information contact the Project Manager at Julie.Rodriguez@ucdenver.edu.