Over $400,000 co-grant awarded to ASU

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Alabama State University’s College of Education has received a $433,120 co-grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a collaborative proposal with another in-state college to fund a three-year program to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses and information and communication technology (ICT) courses to Montgomery Public School (MPS) students from grades 8 to 12.

The project is funded by the NSF as part of its highly competitive Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program. The money will be divided between two schools, which are ASU and Tuskegee University.

Dr. Marcia Rossi, professor of psychology in ASU’s Department of Foundations & Psychology, said 50 students will participate in a three-week summer enrichment program.

“During the program, students will be learning how to design and develop a web page to teach science content through project-based learning in teams,” Rossi said. “The project will incorporate two simultaneous summer research programs, one at ASU with Montgomery Public School students, and one at TU with Macon County students.”

The project also will benefit ASU students.

“This project provides partial faculty support during the year and during the summer and undergraduate student support throughout the year for psychology majors and other students. Students involved in the project will have the opportunity to work as research assistants while getting paid and will receive research and mentoring experience,” Rossi said.

The proposal is titled “Strategies: The Eyes Say it All: Using Web Page Design and Eye-tracking Technology to Learn STEM Concepts, Research Skills, and Human Factors.” A major goal of the project is to motivate students to pursue STEM or ICT careers.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science.