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NSF Awards $7M in STEM Grants to Collaborative Teams of Researchers that Feature UofM faculty Ivey & Haddock

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $7 million for two major Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grants to collaborative teams of researchers that include UofM faculty.

The "Urban S-STEM Collaboratory" is a $5M project studying the impact on student success of scholarships, development of STEM identity and other support on low-income, academically talented engineering and mathematics majors. Dr. Stephanie Ivey, professor of Civil Engineering and associate dean for Research in the Herff College of Engineering, will lead the UofM team in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver and Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. Collaborators on campus include colleagues from the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Communication and Fine Arts. The full press release is available here.

"Promoting Success in Undergraduate Mathematics Through Graduate Teacher Training" is a $2M project to implement and study a specialized training program for graduate students. Dr. John Haddock, professor of Mathematical Sciences, will lead the UofM team in partnership with scholars from University of Colorado Denver and Auburn University. Collaborators on campus include colleagues from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Education. For more news about this project, click here. (article copied from UofM Division of Research and Innovation)

Rus and Fleming Awarded $759K NSF grant to enhance skills and retention in Computer Science

Drs. Vasile Rus and Scott Fleming, Department of Computer Science, along with their collaborator Prof. Peter Brusilovsky at the University of Pittsburgh, have been awarded a three-year, $759,136 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funded through NSF's Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier Program, the project titled "Investigating and Scaffolding Students' Mental Models during Computer Programming Tasks to Improve Learning, Engagement, and Retention," will infuse educational technology in early computer science courses and is expected to have significant impact on students' programming skills, self-efficacy and retention rates in computer science. (article copied from UofM Division of Research and Innovation)


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