STEM Community Impact Fellowship

STEM Community Impact

Fellowship Program

This is a competitive fellowship, open to tenure-track or tenured faculty members. The STEM Community Impact Fellowship program will support faculty as they leverage their existing and active research program to engage area learners through STEM-based high impact community engagement products and practices (HICEPPs). Learners can include one or more of the following groups: PreK-12 students, SIUE undergraduate and graduate students, formal and informal educators, and lifelong learners. Examples of HICEPPs include, but are not limited to, the development of research-oriented PreK-12 curriculum, teacher workshops, service learning programs, and virtual learning communities. The applicant will work with STEM Center faculty and staff to develop their research into a practice and/or product that engages learning communities with the aim of including this product and/or practice as a component in future grant proposals. Fellows will share the results of their activities and final products and/or practices in a Community Impact Showcase in fall 2019, organized by the STEM Center. We will be opening the program to new applicants in the summer of 2019 and more information will announced later this year.

CIF Recipients 2018-2019

Dr. Caroline Pryor, professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is working collaboratively with STEM Center faculty and staff to work with SIUE pre-service teachers to develop STEM-social studies integrated lesson plans. These pre-service educators will also receive a tour of the STEM Center and an introduction to the free educational resources the STEM Center has. The final product of this community impact fellowship will be four to five STEM-social studies integrated lesson plans that will be housed at the STEM Resource Center.

Dr. Kyong Sup Yoon, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, is working collaboratively with the STEM Center to develop a high school curriculum module on environmental toxicology, neurobiochemistry, and medical entomology which will include a short lecture series and laboratory exercise. Working in conjunction with a high school educator at Edwardsville High School, Dr. Yoon will implement this lecture series with high school students. The final product will be a short summer session course in environmental sciences for high school students.

Dr. Nima Lotfi, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is working collaboratively with the STEM Center to develop content and structure for a teacher workshop to help educators develop an understanding of mechatronic and robotics.