Tracy L. Holbrook, CFCC’s Chemical Technology Lead Instructor, has been selected again to participate as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. On July 25th, Holbrook will travel to Washington DC to review grant proposals in submitted to the TUES program (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics) which seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively.
The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning. It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The TUES program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects.
Only a handful of reviewers from the best colleges and universities are selected to participate on the review boards, and this makes Holbrookâ€™s second time serving as a grant reviewer within the past 6 months. In December 2010, Holbrook served as a grant reviewer for the ATE (Advanced Technology Education) program and in May 2010, received a $150,000 grant from the NSF concerning Project W.A.T.E.R.S.: Ways to Amplify Teaching in Regards to Science. This 2-year grant funded the purchase new equipment for the Chemical Technology Department and allowed the implementation of an in-depth water study concerning the community.