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2014-15 Fellows and Mentors

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Cicelia Aguilar
Warren County Middle School
Warren County Schools
Mentors: Julia Allsbrook of the Halifax Electric Membership Corp and Christina Wells of the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor: Halifax Helps Inc.
Understanding the Flow of Energy

Ms. Aguilar will spend a portion of the summer working with Julia Allsbrook of the Halifax Electric Membership Corp to learn how the EMC builds and develops its energy infrastructure to meet the region's demands.

She will also partner with Christina Wells of the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce to learn how tourism will impact the region in the future. She will then translate her experience into a dynamic curriculum that will prepare students to contribute to the region’s future growth in terms of infrastructure and economic development.

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Kerrie Albright
Moore Square GT/AIG Basics Museums Magnet Middle School
Wake County Public School System
Mentors: Dr. Terry Gates & Dr. Lindsay Zanno, NC State and NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant
Students Discover: Prehistoric Forensics & Dinosaur Evolution

Using research on dinosaur taphonomy, Ms. Albright will partner with Dr. Terry Gates & Dr. Lindsay Zanno, NC State and NC Museum of Natural Sciences to help co-create, implement and refine modules aligned with the NC Middle School curriculum standards.

She is also working  with researchers and educators from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Science House to implement professional development designed to help other teachers learn to engage their students in citizen science projects.

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Kelsie Armentrout
Hilburn Academy
Wake County Public School System
Mentors: Dr. Stephanie Schuttler and Dr. Roland Kays of NC State and NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant
Students Discover: eMammal Camera Trap Stakeout

Ms. Armentrout will partner with Dr. Roland Kays and Dr. Stephanie Schuttler of NC State University and NC Museum of Natural Sciences on an eMammal research project that is helping citizen scientists survey the animals in their region with camera traps.

She will help co-create, implement and refine camera trap modules aligned with the NC Middle School curriculum standards and work with researchers and educators from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Science House to implement professional development designed to help other teachers learn to engage their students in citizen science projects.

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Michelle Bass
Hilburn Academy
Wake County Public School System
Mentors: Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers
Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Bass will partner with Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University to explore the work of the NC State Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) research team.

Armed with new knowledge and access to experts in the field, she will develop curriculum that integrates her experience with this innovative and exciting research and return to the classroom equipped to inspire the next generation of scientists.

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Arthina Blanchard
East Cary Middle School
Wake County Public School System
Mentors: Dr. Julie Urban, Dr. Julie Horvath and Dr. Julia Stevens
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant
Students Discover: Projects in the Genomics and Microbiology Lab

Ms. Blanchard will partner with Dr. Julie Urban, Dr. Julie Horvath and Dr. Julia Stevens of NC State University and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and be involved in collecting and deciphering DNA sequence data collected from a diverse array of organisms – primates, fishes, salamanders, turtles, mussels, face mites, planthoppers, and even the bacteria and fungi that live on and in these critters.

Based on this work, she will engage in real research and help co-create, implement and refine modules aligned with the NC Middle School curriculum standards.

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JeVar Bransome
Rolesville High School
Wake County Public School System
Mentors: Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers
Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Mr. Bransome will partner with Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University to explore the work of the NC State Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) research team.

Armed with new knowledge and access to experts in the field, he will develop curriculum that integrates his experience with this innovative and exciting research and return to the classroom equipped to inspire the next generation of scientists.

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Natosha Brinkley
Northview School
Iredell-Statesville Schools
Mentors: Andy Gray and Sheila Jenkins of the Iredell County Farm Bureau
Sponsor: Iredell County Farm Bureau
A Growing Field

Ms. Brinkley will partner with Andy Gray and Tracy and Sheila Jenkins of the Iredell County Farm Bureau to cultivate an informed understanding of North Carolina’s agriculture industry and the role students could play in its future.

She will play an active role in helping Iredell County students understand how agriculture has changed over the years and continues to transition, locally. By engaging students in this discussion, she is also helping them to understand the importance of collaboration, communication and critical-thinking, which all stand as essential to success in a 21st century workplace.

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Cynthia Bullard
John R. Kernodle, Jr. Middle School
Guilford County Schools
Mentors: Dr. Keith Schimmel of NC A&T University
Sponsor: NC A&T University
Pump New Life Into Classroom Learning

Ms. Bullard will partner with Dr. Keith Schimmel and his team of researchers at NC A&T’s CREST Bioenergy Center as they develop technology that will make biofuels a more viable source of renewable energy.

She will explore how interdisciplinary projects involving chemistry, math, engineering, and economics contribute to our understanding of bioenergy. Through this experience, she will develop innovative lesson plans that fuel student interest in bioenergy research.

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Brian Cartiff
Johnston County Middle College High School
Johnston County Schools
Mentors: Dr. David Muddiman and Dr. Jennifer Parker of NC State University
Sponsor: Dr. David Muddiman of NC State University
Reinvigorating the War on Cancer

Mr. Cartiff will partner with with Dr. David Muddiman and Dr. Jennifer Parker at NC State to help unravel the complex biological language of disease as we transform our ability to effectively diagnose and treat human conditions.

He will translate this inspiring experience into a dynamic curriculum designed to engage the next generation of scientifically literate citizens.

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Laura Cochrane
Mills Park Middle
Wake County Public School System
Mentors: Dr. Julie Urban, Dr. Julie Horvath and Dr. Julia Stevens
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant
Students Discover: Projects in the Genomics and Microbiology Lab

Ms. Cochrane will partner with Dr. Julie Urban, Dr. Julie Horvath and Dr. Julia Stevens of NC State University and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and be involved in collecting and deciphering DNA sequence data collected from a diverse array of organisms – primates, fishes, salamanders, turtles, mussels, face mites, planthoppers, and even the bacteria and fungi that live on and in these critters.

Based on this work, she will engage in real research and help co-create, implement and refine modules aligned with the NC Middle School curriculum standards.

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Christopher England
Louisburg High School
Franklin County Schools
Mentors: Arlan Peters and Mike Hess of Novozymes
Sponsor: Biogen Idec Foundation
Novozymes Enzymes: From Discovery to Commercialization

Mr. England will partner with Arlan Peters and Mike Hess of Novozymes to develop classroom curriculum supporting students’ knowledge and understanding of the rapid pace and science involved in bringing new enzyme products from discovery to commercialization.

Together they will create cutting-edge hands-on lessons that enable students to understand the scientific processes and the skills that are needed to bring innovative enzyme products to the market.

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Maribeth Evans
West Millbrook Middle School
Wake County Public School System
Mentors: Dr. Michelle Trautwein and Dr. Dan Fergus, NCSU and NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant
Students Discover: Poring Over Our Pore Mites

Ms. Evans will partner with Dr. Michelle Trautwein and Dr. Dan Fergus of NC State University and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to research the diversity of mites that infest various regions of the body.

She will learn important biological research methods, participate in determining the direction of the research, and help translate the research into a form that teachers and students can use to learn about the organisms that make our bodies their homes.

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Willis Foster
Kestrel Heights School
Public Charter School
Mentors: Dr. Michelle Trautwein and Dr. Dan Fergus, NCSU and NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant
Students Discover: Pouring Over Our Pore Mites

will partner with Dr. Michelle Trautwein and Dr. Dan Fergus of NC State University and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to research the diversity of mites that infest various regions of the body.

He will learn important biological research methods, participate in determining the direction of the research, and help translate the research into a form that teachers and students can use to learn about the organisms that make our bodies their homes.

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David Glenn
Burgaw Middle School
Pender County Schools
Mentors: Dr. Stephanie Schuttler and Dr. Roland Kays of NC State and NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant
Students Discover: eMammal Camera Trap Stakeout

Mr. Glenn will partner with Dr. Roland Kays and Dr. Stephanie Schuttler of NC State University and NC Museum of Natural Sciences on an eMammal research project that is helping citizen scientists survey the animals in their region with camera traps.

He will help co-create, implement and refine camera trap modules aligned with the NC Middle School curriculum standards and work with researchers and educators from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Science House to implement professional development designed to help other teachers learn to engage their students in citizen science projects.

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