Associated Projects

100kin10: Answering the STEM Challenge

  1. Summary: FIU has committed to recruit, prepare and retain 200 teachers who will be hired into Miami-Dade County Public School’s (MDCPS’s) 26 low-performing (Educational Transformation Office, ETO) K-12 schools. The project will provide undergraduate STEM teacher candidates with scholarships and support as well as engage disciplinary faculty and administrators across the College of Arts & Sciences and builds partnerships with public schools.
  2. Focus: undergraduate teacher preparation
  3. Contact: Nicole Kaufman Glasgow, kaufmann@fiu.edu, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Broadening the Pipeline – Pathways & Persistence

  1. Summary: Broadening the Pipeline through the Study of Pathways and Persistence is a partnership of Florida International University (College of Arts, Sciences & Education and College of Engineering and Computing), Howard University, Prairie View A&M University, and the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez to conduct emerging research in a large, empirical, collaborative research study focused on black and Hispanic engineering undergraduates. One of the keys to increasing the numbers of minority engineers—a compelling national concern—is an understanding of the pathways that the travel and the identity that they acquire on their way to becoming an engineer
  2. Focus: graduate
  3. Contact: Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing. Leonard Bliss, blissl@fiu.edu, Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Education.

CHEPREO: Center for High-Energy Physics Research and Education Outreach

  1. Summary: Comprehensive education outreach project for physics. Supports core of physics transformation efforts via: Modeling Instruction at FIU (undergraduate level), summer modeling workshops and year round teacher community (high school), and Physics Education Research group.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Laird Kramer Laird.Kramer@fiu.edu, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences

DBER: Discipline-Based Education Research Group

  1. Summary: Informal faculty forum for professional development project targeting STEM faculty supporting research in STEM instruction. Targets increased faculty advocacy, improved classroom practice, and increase in the number of STEM graduates.
  2. Focus: faculty professional development / institutional change
  3. Contact: Laird Kramer Laird.Kramer@fiu.edu, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences

Discover Our Backyard

  1. Summary: In the context of rapid change resulting from globalization, pressing concerns about climate change and vulnerable ecosystems like the Biscayne Bay and the Everglades provide a compelling justification for environmental education. This interdisciplinary program seeks to increase appreciation of the native ecosystems of South Florida and to educate students and the general public about its relevance to the community. It is part of interdisciplinary environmental initiative, which encourages students to learn more about the environment, sustainability and ecological citizenship. “Discover Our Backyard” was conceived as an integral part of our coastal environment initiative to weave marine issues into the curriculum and life.
  2. Focus: K12
  3. Contact: Michael Heithaus, heithaus@fiu.edu, College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Energy (DOE) Fellows: FIU Science and Engineering Workforce Development Program

  1. Summary: The DOE-FIU Science and Engineering Workforce Development Program is designed to build on the existing DOE/FIU relationship by creating a “pipeline” of minority engineers specifically trained and mentored to enter the U.S. Department of Energy’s workforce in technical areas of need. The main objective of the program is to provide interested students with a unique opportunity to integrate course work, DOE field work, and applied research work at FIU into a well-structured academic program that leads to entry into DOE’s Career Internship Program.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Masoud Milani,milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing.

K-12: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION STEM-EC: Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics-Early Childhood

  1. Summary: Creates an area of focus for research and professional development in early childhood math and science. STEM-EC will meet a growing need for better preparation of teachers of young children. It will also look to modernize the math and science curriculum in early childhood to meet the needs of 21st century learners. STEM-EC will recruit faculty and students to be a part of a multi-disciplinary research group investigating best practices in teaching math and science to young children. Findings from this group will be used to shape local, state and national policy with regard to teaching math and science to young children.
  2. FocusK12: Early childhood education
  3. Contact: Charles Bleiker, bleikerc@fiu.edu, Early Childhood Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

Engineering Dual Enrollment/College Prep Courses

  1. Summary: To attract high school students (particularly underrepresented students) to consider engineering as an undergraduate career choice and prepare them for that. The Florida Action for Minorities in Engineering (FLAME) program is a joint, dual enrollment program between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing, specially designed for minority high school students. GEAR UP is a program designed to increase the personal, academic and emotional development of students and their families in the Homestead and Florida City areas. The JETS UNITE program is a collaborative effort between FIU, the U.S. Army and the Junior Engineering Technical Society to increase the number of underrepresented students in the field of engineering.
  2. Focus: High school
  3. Contact: Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing

K-12: HIGH SCHOOL Engineering Expo

  1. summary: The FIU Engineering Expo is an annual community outreach event organized by FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing. The goal is to plant seeds for future student recruitment.
  2. Focus: K12- High School
  3. Contact: Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing

A video of this event is available from: http:/www.osas.fiu.edu2011/03/engineering-expo-2011/.

Engineering Undergraduate Scholarships

  1. Summary: The Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing awards more than 40 need- based and merit-based scholarships per semester to FIU STEM students. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) aims to increase the number of African American, American Indian and Hispanic American graduates in engineering education and careers. The Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (FGLSAMP) Scholarship program is available every fall and spring for engineering majors.
  2. Contact: Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering & Computing, College of Engineering and Computing
  3. Focus: undergraduate

ENLACE: Engaging Latino Communities for Education

  1. summary: ENLACE offers after-school and summer educational services to elementary and middle school students. The after-school program provides reading and fitness instruction to children who are reading below grade level and are at risk of not being promoted. Its goal is to get the children to grade level in reading. The summer program offers students enrichment opportunities and a college prep curriculum and is housed at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Its goal is to provide students with the academic preparation and personal motivation to attend college.
  2. Focus:K-12: ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL
  3. Contact: Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing

Expanding the Use of Online Remote Electron Microscopy in the Classroom to Transform Undergraduate Education

  1. Summary: In this NSF funded project, we seek to expand the field-testing of promising instructional strategies focused on the in-class usage of remotely operable electron microprobe (EMP) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) available in the Florida Center for Analytical Electron Microscopy (FCAEM) at Florida International University. This project focuses on the application of new strategies for integrating education in research practices into introductory and upper-level geoscience courses facilitating the transition of undergraduate students from passive, directed learners to engaged, self-directing investigators, a key developmental stage in the education of undergraduate science majors. We also seek professional development activities that will engage geoscience faculty with these technologies and their instructional potential. Some specific objectives of this project is to determine whether providing students with remotely operable instrumentation experience would improve their success in science courses and whether this can aid in the development of an investigative mind-set and the associated behaviors of researchers in students. The participating institutions and faculty include Jeff Ryan of University of South Florida (USF), Rosemary Hickey-Vargas of Florida International University (FIU), Jamie MacDonald of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Mary Beck of Valencia Community (VC) College. All of these PI's are committed to institutionalizing the approaches implemented in this project on their campuses. http://fcaem.fiu.edu/tues/

The Fairchild Challenge:An Environmental Education Program based on a Botanic Garden

  1. summary: Develop an environmental education pipeline that runs from elementary to graduate education. Students who join the Fairchild Challenge will know that, through FIU, they can continue their post-secondary training with unique opportunities in tropical biology and wetland ecology not found in other higher education institutions.
    The Fairchild Challenge is an environmental education program based at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens (FTBG). The Fairchild Challenge program targets elementary and secondary students from the Miami area offering a menu of separate, but parallel, multidisciplinary challenges for elementary, middle, and high schools, attracting students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds.
  2. Focus:K-12: ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL
  3. Contact: Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, ortegaj@fiu.edu, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences

Forensic Science Workshops

  1. summary: The goals of the diverse workshops are to: (1) further the education of our FIU graduate students with workshop opportunities in forensic chemistry and forensic biology (both human and non-human), (2) offer hands-on workshops for students from Florida universities (e.g., UF and UCF) who are enrolled in Forensic PSM programs or other forensic-related program, and (3) offer continuing education to practicing crime lab analysts in the U.S. and abroad.
  2. Focus:GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL
  3. Contact: DeEtta Mills, millsd@fiu.edu, Department of Biological Sciences and International Forensic Research Institute, College of Arts & Sciences.

GAANN: Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need

  1. summary: Program awards fellowships and enhanced educational opportunities including faculty mentorship to Ph.D. students in Computer Science. Our specific goals are to use these GAANN fellowships to: a) aggressively recruit students from under-represented populations, particularly women, b) provide fellows with high-quality education and additional training in teaching techniques, and c) help each GAANN fellow to acquire independent research capability and to complete a high quality Ph.D. dissertation within 5 years. The fellowship provides need- based financial support of up to $30,000 per year. Additional financial support for research expenses (text books, supplies, computer hardware and software, and memberships etc.) and travel to attend conferences are also provided.
  2. Focus:GRADUATE
  3. Contact: Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing

Graduate Fellowships for Minorities in Engineering & Science (GEM)

  1. summary: The mission of the GEM Consortium is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups at the masters and doctoral levels in engineering and sciences. The National GEM Consortium awards fellowships to highly qualified students in order to help them complete masters and doctoral degree programs in engineering and sciences at member universities. FIU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Arts & Sciences are members of the National GEM Consortium.
  2. Focus:GRADUATE
  3. Contact: Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access and Success/Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing. Walter Van Hamme, vanhamme@fiu.edu, School of Integrated Science and Humanity, College of Arts & Sciences.

HHMI Innovative Introductory Science Education: FIU Science Collaborative

  1. summary: Improve science education across biology, chemistry, and physics through facilitating scientific learning implementation in introductory courses. Significant faculty professional development project targeting 20% of biology, chemistry, and physics faculty.
  2. Focus: faculty professional development / institutional change
  3. Contact: Laird Kramer, kramerl@fiu.edu, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences

LA Program: Learning Assistant Program

  1. summary: To recruit top science/math majors to become certified high school and middle school teachers; support future teachers with faculty and teacher-in-residence expertise; provide opportunities for non-education majors; and, create an innovative educational landscape at a Hispanic-Serving Institution that serves as a model for other institutions.
    Fosters faculty development and institutional change through reforming courses to support LAs in the classroom
    FIU is the nations largest LA program, supporting 143 LAs across 6 STEM disciplines in Spring 2013
  2. Focus: undergraduate course reform / preservice teacher preparation / faculty professional development / institutional change
  3. Contact: Laird Kramer, kramerl@fiu.edu, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences

Mastery Math Learning Model: A Component of Title V: Opening the Gateways: The High Tech-High Touch Initiative: Improving Student Success in Math, Writing, and Reading

  1. summary: To improve pass rates in college algebra, increase student retention and graduation, and improve STEM pipeline. Transformed all College Algebra sections in 2012/13. Faculty teach using the Mastery program, which involves computer-assisted instruction (high tech) combined with active learning using trained undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) (high touch). After class, students go to the computer lab to practice the concepts discussed in class. LAs trained in effective, evidence-based teaching techniques by the LA program assist students with difficulties they encounter.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Suzanna Rose, srose@fiu.edu, College of Arts & Sciences

Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership

  1. summary: To significantly increase the effectiveness of secondary math teacher candidates, ensuring that they can promote mathematical excellence and college and career readiness of their future students. The partnership seeks membership across all APLU (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities)/SMTI (Science & Mathematics Teacher Imperative) institutions to develop a national consensus on new guiding principles and consequent model practices for secondary math teacher preparation programs. It will conduct research on secondary math teacher preparation to transform programs so that they meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Subsequently, the partnership will develop and promote existing best practices in the field. It will then assess the success of the participants in meeting those challenges. The partnership will convene them at a conference to identify and develop guiding principles underlying the effort and priorities for action.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Maria L. Fernandez, mfernan@fiu.edu, Mathematics Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

McNair Program

  1. summary: The Ronald E. McNair program prepares students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated strong academic potential for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other activities. The goal of the McNair program is to provide enriching scholastic experiences that prepare eligible scholars for doctoral (Ph.D.) education. The McNair program works closely with students as they complete their undergraduate requirements. Participants are given the unique opportunity of developing the highest-level academic and research skills needed for successful admission to and completion of a Ph.D. program. McNair scholars are eligible for the following services until they complete their baccalaureate degree: academic counseling, financial aid assistance, mentoring, research opportunities, seminars, summer internships, and tutoring.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: E. George Simms, simmsg@fiu.edu, McNair Program

NASA WaterSCAPES:Science of Coupled Aquatic Processes in Ecosystems from Space

  1. summary: The project will address the stocks and fluxes of water, nutrients and vegetative biomass through a quantitative approach that combines remote sensing observations (radar and optical), mathematical modeling of ecohydrologic processes, and field ecophysical experiments. The research and education activities are performed in the Everglades and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. This enhances our understanding of ecosystem structural and functional changes relevant to vegetative species diversity and spatiotemporal distribution. That understanding is crucial to improve the management of, and production and restoration efforts in, other global, complex ecosystems.
  2. Focus: graduate
  3. Contact: Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, miralles@fiu.edu, Department of Earth and Environment, College of Arts & Sciences

Noyce Project/GEMS: Get Educators in Mathematics and Science

  1. summary: Provide scholarships and support for the successful induction of chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics majors into secondary education teaching careers. Implements LA model across disciplines.
  2. Focus: undergraduate preservice teachers
  3. Contact: Julian Edward, edwardj@fiu.edu Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts & Sciences

PAC: Partnership in Academic Communities

  1. summary: Partnerships in Academic Communities (PAC) aims to enhance the STEM learning experiences and increase STEM achievement of underprivileged secondary school students in low socioeconomic areas. Additionally, PAC aims to foster student retention in high school and college, as well as recruitment of students to STEM fields. Provides students with quality instruction in the areas of mathematics, science and technology by placing selected students with master teachers in the above noted areas. In addition to a high quality education, students are transported to the university twice a month where they participate in a full day of hands-on activities in the areas of math, science and technology that promote active and cooperative learning. FIU also offers successful PAC students with 120-credit scholarships.
  2. Focus: K12 secondary students
  3. Contact: Maria Vazquez, mjvazque@fiu.edu, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

Pathways to Success in STEM

  1. summary: Develop an integrated model for student retention in STEM that reduces high attrition in freshman and sophomore years and increases upper-division student population in STEM. Primary targets are engineering, computer science and physics students with measurable impact on other STEM disciplines.
    This project integrates three components into one coherent project to yield insight into comprehensive reform and affect student success
    • Bridge To Success: Creates a cohesive cohort of STEM students who successfully transition to upper division status.
    • Expanded Physics Modeling: Improves the success rate in physics with direct positive impact on all STEM disciplines, since it is a gateway course for all STEM majors.
    • Learning Assistant Program: Provides computer science, engineering and physics course reform and the opportunity for students to become certified STEM teachers.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Eric Brewe, ebrewe@fiu.edu, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, Masoud Milani, milani@cis.fiu.edu, Office of Student Access & Success in the Center for Diversity in Engineering and Computing, College of Engineering and Computing. Laird Kramer, kramerl@fiu.edu, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences.

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)

  1. summary: To increase the number of biology and other science majors graduating within STEM fields. PLTL recruits motivated biology students to act as group mentors. They are trained in pedagogical techniques, group dynamics and biological concepts. These mentors then meet with groups of students to guide them through prepared problems associated with the material introduced in lecture each week.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Thomas Pitzer, pitzert@fiu.edu, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences

PSMs: Professional Science Masters in Forensic Science & Medical Physics

  1. summary: To provide conveniently offered, lock-step Master's degree programs that meet critical workforce needs in STEM fields such as Forensic Science and Medical Physics.
  2. Focus: graduate / professional degrees
  3. Contact: Walter Van Hamme, vanhamme@fiu.edu, School of Integrated Science and Humanity, College of Arts & Sciences

QBIC Program: Quantifying Biology in the Classroom

  1. summary: To create a quantitative biological sciences track within the Biological Sciences major; to increase the likelihood that scholars finishing the program can move fluidly among conceptual, analytical and quantitative approaches to solving biological problems; and to act as an incubator for new pedagogical techniques, labs and methods within biological sciences. Curriculum reformation; regular and consistent faculty and TA communications through discussions/meetings; TA training through the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and education conferences; faculty refreshers through education conferences and symposia; pedagogy research.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Suzanna Koptur, kopturs@fiu.edu College of Arts & Sciences

Re-Modeling Science Instruction

  1. summary: Provide rigorous introductory science coursework in which students learn by constructing, validating, deploying and revising scientific models; improve attitudes about science through scientific learning from faculty, graduate students and peers; increase retention rates by creating research-validated learning environments that encourage participation; serve pre-service and in-service teachers; create innovative educational landscape that may serve as a model for other institutions.
  2. Focus: undergraduate
  3. Contact: Eric Brewe: Eric.Brewe@fiu.edu, College of Education

SMTI: Science-Math Teacher Imperative

  1. summary: To achieve a threefold increase in the number of science and math teachers that FIU produces each year over the next four years (more than 40 per year expected by 2013), to implement evidence-based innovations in curricula, and to create innovative educational landscape at a Hispanic-serving institution that may serve as a model for other institutions.
  2. Focus: undergraduate / institutional change
  3. Contact: Leanne Wells: lwells@fiu.edu, College of Arts & Sciences

SSTEP: Secondary Science Teacher Education Preparation

  1. summary: Increase the number of discipline-based science and math teachers that FIU trains each year by a factor of three in the next four years (more than 40 per year expected by 2013).
  2. Focus: undergraduate preservice teachers
  3. Contact: Leanne Wells, lwells@fiu.edu, School of Integrated Science and Humanity, College of Arts & Sciences

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics Education in Agroecology

  1. summary: To increase the number of underrepresented college graduates and professionals in agricultural and environmental sciences. Undergraduates do research experience with peer and pyramid mentoring; experiential training through field trips and research lab visits; group research projects; agroecology symposium, social networking. High school students are involved in internships, Environment Immersion Day; raised-bed garden/aquaponic integration into dual enrollment courses at local high school; experiments.
  2. Focus: undergraduate graduate k12 high school
  3. Contact: K. Jayachandran, jayachan@fiu.edu, Department of Earth and Environment, College of Arts & Sciences. M. Bhat, bhatm@fiu.edu, Department of Earth and Environment, College of Arts & Sciences.

Teaching Certificates in Mathematics and Science Education for K-5 and 6-8 Teachers

  1. summary: The goal of the certificate program is to enhance the knowledge for those teaching mathematics. science in grades K-5 and grades 6-8 in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.The certificates consist of five courses (15 credits) focused on deepening K-5 and 6-8 teachers’ knowledge of mathematics or science, teacher development, strategies for learning and content teaching, and students’ mathematical conceptions. As part of these certificates, teachers will develop leadership skills and become knowledgeable in lesson study (a teacher-led professional development process that they will be able to carry- out with one another and teachers at their schools), fostering collaboration and learning in practice. Teacher cohorts will complete the certificates over three semesters, including collaborative, practice-oriented experiences such as microteaching lesson study and a capstone lesson study project.
  2. Focus: K-12: K-5 AND 6-8 TEACHERS
  3. Contact: Maria L. Fernandez, mfernan@fiu.edu, Mathematics Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education. George O’Brien, obrieng@fiu.edu, Science Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Arts & Sciences.

TEAM UP for Kids: Teaching Educators to Advance Math/Science in Underserved and Underrepresented Populations .

  1. summary: To improve the quality of Pre-K children’s lives, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented populations, by ensuring that all children are equipped with the knowledge needed to succeed in math/science. One skill predictive of success in science/math is one’s ability to think about the spatial world, including the ability to recognize and talk about shapes, sizes, locations and patterns. Spatial thinking is also a significant predictor of STEM achievement and subsequent entry into these fields, yet we know little about early classroom factors that affect and promote the development of this skill in Pre-K children.
  2. Focus: K-12: early childhood education
  3. Contact: Shannon M. Pruden, Ph.D., sdick@fiu.edu, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences.

Women in Science ADVANCE Grant: Awareness of, Commitment to, and Empowerment of Women Scientists at FIU

  1. summary: To facilitate the hiring, retention and promotion of women scientists by educating faculty in best practices and promoting improvements in current departmental practices, and to increase the number of women graduate students in science and math seeking academic positions.
    Workshops will be held to teach faculty serving on search committees about best practices for hiring for excellence and diversity. Workshops will include skills training for assistant professors such as preparing for the tenure review, grant writing tips, etc.
  2. Focus: faculty professional development
  3. Contact: Suzanna Rose, srose@fiu.edu, College of Arts & Sciences.