This GK-12 Triple Helix National Science Foundation grant provides eight Fellowships for full-time graduate students in the general areas of mathematics and science to enrich their research and teaching experience through partnerships with eight STEM educators in local, urban Middle Schools. Fellows will participate as active members of a learning community by working collaboratively with middle school teachers and STEM faculty mentors. Fellows will learn to communicate research to a wide variety of audiences, develop lesson plans, develop leadership skills, enhance their teaching capability and engage in research activities with students. Teachers will integrate new research into their teaching, participate in hands-on research activities and take part in professional development on inquiry-based science instructions. K-12 students will become engaged in new forms of science learning and research and will be exposed to a variety of STEM research initiatives.


  • Participation in the GK-12 program summer orientation
  • Participation and attendance of the GK-12 Research Workshop (takes place during one week in June)
  • Approximately 10 hours per week of direct contact time in a middle school classroom and approximately 5 hours for preparation, meetings, and project requirements
  • Attending bi-weekly fellow meetings & seminars at RPI (fellows)
  • Attending mid-year workshop (held in December)
  • Submission of weekly activities reports via the 3Helix website blog (fellows)
  • Participation in end of year August Workshop (takes place during one week in August)
  • Working in partnership (GK-12 teachers/GK-12 fellows) on classroom multi-disciplinary & inquiry-based lessons
  • Presenting multi-disciplinary & inquiry-based lessons or units
  • Participation in ongoing project evaluations
  • Responding in a timely manner to e-mail messages from GK-12 project staff

How to Apply:

Contact Ron Eglash for information on applying for participation in the GK-12 Triple Helix Program.

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