The GK-12 Program at ISU is recruiting research focused graduate students in the sciences, mathematics and engineering who would like to enhance their graduate degree from ISU by improving their science communication skills through a 1 year partnership with a K-12 science teacher.
Applicants should have an interest in working with K-12 students and teachers, as well as significant research experience that they can bring to the K-12 classroom.
The fellowship requires 15 hours/week during the K-12 school year (Augustlate May), as well as bimonthly afternoon meetings at ISU with GK-12 participants, staff and faculty.
By the end of the program, GK-12 fellows have a greatly improved understanding of the K-12 school system and its constraints and opportunities. Fellows also significantly improve their written and oral communication skills enabling them to better communicate their scientific research to the public at large. Fellows who want to become University faculty have a greater understanding of the scientific background of incoming freshman and how to best engage these freshman in their science classes.
You will be putting in 15 hours/week toward the fellowship, a similar amount to a TAship. Students have found that they have less time to put toward their personal research, but should be able to graduate on time.
Yes. However, preference is given to returning graduate students. The fellowship requires a significant time commitment, which is easier for returning graduate students.
It depends. In the past most of our teacher partners have expressed a need for fellows with a mechanical or engineering background. This need may change in the future. Please give us a call if you have questions.
Yes! All Masters and Doctoral students who are planning on a career in Science or Engineering are encouraged to apply. You must currently be a student in biological sciences or engineering. You do not need a background in teaching, but should demonstrate an interest in working with K-12 students. This fellowship is not for students who plan to go into K-12 education. Students enrolled in the College of Education should not apply.
Yes. All Masters and Doctoral students who are planning on a career in Science or Engineering are encouraged to apply. You must currently be a student in biological sciences or engineering. Experience in the K-12 classroom is not required, but such experience will certainly be beneficial to the fellowship.
No. You and your teacher partner will work out what days and times will work best for you to be in the classroom. The K-12 school day is from around 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the past, many students have found that it works best for them to block their personal classes and go to their 5-12 classroom 2-3 days a week, rather than attending for part of each day. You and your teacher partner will have an opportunity to get together in the spring, before Fall registration, to discuss scheduling.
You will be matched with a teacher who teaches in grades 5-12.
If you have been awarded a 3-year TAship in the department of Biological Sciences, the GK-12 fellowship will take the place of one year of your TAship.