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NSF Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Ohio University has received a $2.65M NSF GK12 grant to support nine graduate fellowships in the areas of engineering and sciences starting the summer of 2010. Each fellowship will provide the recipient with an annual stipend of $30,000 plus four quarters of graduate tuition waivers that amount to $20,668 based on out-of-state rate.

Please contact Dr. Tiao J. Chang for more information.

NSF GK12 BooKS Project

Ohio University

Dr. Tiao J. Chang, Principal Investigator

Civil Engineering Department

147 Stocker Center

Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701



Title of Project: New GK-12 (NSF 09-549)

The Boat-of-Knowledge in the Science Classroom (BooKS in Classroom)



Tiao J. Chang           Professor of Civil Engineering                  College of Engineering

Kelly S. Johnson      Assoc. Professor of Biological Sciences   College of Arts & Sciences

Chang Liu                 Assoc. Professor of Computer Science    College of Engineering

Teresa J. Franklin    Professor of Educational Studies              College of Education.


School District Partners:

1. Marietta High School; 2. Athens High School; 3. Alexander High School;

4. Federal Hocking High School; 5. Meigs High School; 6. Warren High School;

7. Trimble High School; 8.Gallia Academy High School, 9. Tri-County Career Center.


NSF-supported STEM discipline(s): Engineering and Sciences.



The BooKS in Classroom aims to enhance and broaden science and engineering education of graduate fellows, especially under-represented groups, at Ohio University and improve their communication skills through the proposed activities. Each year, nine graduate fellows will work with nine school teachers to conduct on-boat samplings and experiments related to their research along the Ohio River from Marietta to Gallipolis; these activities will be remotely transmitted to school classrooms through inquiry-designed activities to an online virtual Boat-of-Knowledge to build a sustainable curriculum. The project will enhance understanding of graduate fellows in their research and improve communication and presentation skills using hands-on activities from the river boat to classrooms, and provide professional development for teachers to enrich learning environments of high school students.

NSF This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0947813. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.