The University of Southern Mississippi The National Science Foundation
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
  • USM GK12
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USM GK12

About GK12 C2M2

Graduate students in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and polymer science The University of Southern Mississippi are currently working with HS students through a five-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 grant. The grant supports an outreach initiative in which the graduate students bring their expertise into high school science classrooms, spending 10 hours a week sharing their research through demonstrations, lab activities and projects.

The goal of Connections in the Classroom: Molecules to Muscles (C2M2) is to enhance graduate fellows’ communication and teaching skills in an interdisciplinary research and education setting. The interdisciplinary research theme “molecules to muscles” is used as a vehicle to increase relevancy of science coursework to High School students by relating research advances in areas important to them (i.e. sports, soldier protection). Fellows will gain the ability to communicate to non-scientific audiences and researchers outside their field through an interdisciplinary team approach.

Research improving human performance transcends the boundaries of individual scientific disciplines and requires seamless communication between biologists, chemists, biochemists, materials scientists and engineers. Eight fellows are recruited each year from individual departments to work with HS science teachers to develop and deliver classroom activities based on fellows’ research.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 16:18