2014-15

Cicelia Aguilar

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Warren County Middle School

Region:

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.


Kerrie Albright

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Moore Square GT/AIG Basics Museums Magnet Middle School

Region:

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


Kelsie Armentrout

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Hilburn Academy

Region:

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


Michelle Bass

Project Name:

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 his experience with this innovative and exciting research and return to the classroom equipped to inspire the next generation of scientists.

From School:

Hilburn Academy

Region:

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


Arthina Blanchard

Project Name:

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.

From School:

East Cary Middle School

Region:

Wake County Public School System

Mentors:

Dr. Julie Urban, Dr. Julie Horvath and Dr. Julia Stevens

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant


JeVar Bransome

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Region:

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


Natosha Brinkley

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Northview School

Region:

Iredell-Statesville Schools

Mentors:

Andy Gray and Sheila Jenkins of the Iredell County Farm Bureau

Sponsor:

Iredell County Farm Bureau


Cynthia Bullard

Project Name:

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.

From School:

John R. Kernodle, Jr. Middle School

Region:

Guilford County Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Keith Schimmel of NC A&T University

Sponsor:

NC A&T University


Brian Cartiff

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Johnston County Middle College High School

Region:

Johnston County Schools

Mentors:

Dr. David Muddiman and Dr. Jennifer Parker of NC State University

Sponsor:

Dr. David Muddiman of NC State University


Laura Cochrane

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Mills Park Middle

Region:

Wake County Public School System

Mentors:

Dr. Julie Urban, Dr. Julie Horvath and Dr. Julia Stevens

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant


Hannah Elliott

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Maxwell 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.

From School:

Wakefield Middle School

Region:

Wake County Public Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Christopher England

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Louisburg High School

Region:

Franklin County Schools

Mentors:

Arlan Peters and Mike Hess of Novozymes

Sponsor:

Biogen Idec Foundation


Maribeth Evans

Project Name:

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.

From School:

West Millbrook Middle School

Region:

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


Willis Foster

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Kestrel Heights School

Region:

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


David Glenn

Project Name:

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.

From School:

Burgaw Middle School

Region:

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


Renuka Hackney

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Hackney 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 his experience with this innovative and exciting research and return to the classroom equipped to inspire the next generation of scientists.

From School:

Carroll Middle School

Region:

Wake County Public School System

Mentors:

Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant


Kimberly Hall

Project Name:

Students Discover: Prehistoric Forensics & Dinosaur Evolution

Using research on dinosaur taphonomy, Ms. Hall 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.

From School:

Southern Middle School

Region:

Alamance-Burlington 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


Melissa Harris

Project Name:

Noyce: Assembly Required

Ms. Harris will partner with Jerry Pedley and Melody Hamilton of Mertek Solutions, Inc. to explore how robotic automation is revolutionizing the manufacturing process.

Using this experience, she will serve as a resource and leader to her students and colleagues via a dynamic and engaging curriculum.

From School:

Jack Britt High School

Region:

Cumberland County Schools

Mentors:

Jerry Pedley and Melody Hamilton of Mertek Solutions, Inc.

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Robert NoyceTeacher Scholarship Program


Brittany Head

Project Name:

Making Connections with STEM

Ms. Head will partner with Doug Blew, VP, Global Manufacturing Engineering, at CommScope of North Carolina to explore what leads to a successful telecommunications / STEM career.

She will then develop a curriculum to entice or better prepare local students for STEM-based degree programs.

From School:

Northview IB World School

Region:

Iredell-Statesville Schools

Mentor:

Doug Blew of CommScope

Sponsor:

CommScope


Michelle Hicks

Project Name:

Breaking the Code

Ms. Hicks will partner with Dr. Brian Strahl of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine to learn about genetics, biochemistry, model systems and research.

She will then develop curriculum that integrates her experience with content standards and develop relevant, hands-on lessons.

From School:

Millbrook High School

Region:

Wake County Public School System

Mentor:

Dr. Brian Strahl of UNC-Chapel Hill

Sponsor:

Dr. Brian Strahl of UNC-Chapel Hill


Jeffrey Holland

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Mr. Holland 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.

From School:

Wake Forest Middle School

Region:

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


Tremain Holloway

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Mr Holloway 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.

From School:

Middle College High School

Region:

Durham Public Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Henrietta Jutson

Project Name:

Noyce: Assembly Required

Ms. Juston will partner with Jerry Pedley and Melody Hamilton of Mertek Solutions, Inc. to explore how robotic automation is revolutionizing the manufacturing process.

Using this experience, she will serve as a resource and leader to her students and colleagues via a dynamic and engaging curriculum.

From School:

Jack Britt High School

Region:

Cumberland County Schools

Mentors:

Jerry Pedley and Melody Hamilton of Mertek Solutions, Inc.

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Robert NoyceTeacher Scholarship Program


Andrew Kaufman

Project Name:

Fueling the Future of Renewable Energy

Mr. Kaufman will partner with Dr. Penny Jeffrey of the FREEDM Systems Center at NC State University to explore sources of clean energy including “smart grid” technology, electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels.

Working with the FREEDM System Center’s content experts and scientists, he is working to translate his newfound knowledge into engaging lesson plans integrating science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts for use across North Carolina.

From School:

Moore Square Magnet Middle School

Region:

Wake County Public School System

Mentor:

Dr. Penny Shumaker Jeffrey of NC State University

Sponsor:

FREEDM Systems Center


James Lamberth

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Mr. Lamberth 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.

From School:

Enloe Magnet High School

Region:

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


Lauren Lawrence

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. 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.

From School:

Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

Region:

Durham Public Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Rachel Lawrence

Project Name:

Partnering to Enable Innovative Teaching Practices

Ms. Lawrence will partner with Sam Morris of Lenovo and Gary Blabon of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center to foster better relationships between schools and the community in an effort to increase awareness of science, technology, engineering and math-related (STEM) careers for students.

She will promote and develop lesson plans that will be rooted in how science shapes our future and transforms students’ understanding of STEM.

From School:

Southeast Middle School

Region:

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Mentors:

Sam Morris of Lenovo and Gary Blabon of NovantHealth

Sponsor:

Lenovo


Amy Lawson

Project Name:

Students Discover: Projects in the Genomics and Microbiology Lab

Ms. Lawson 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.

From School:

Burgaw Middle School

Region:

Pender County Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Julie Urban, Dr. Julie Horvath and Dr. Julia Stevens

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant


Illana Livstrom

Project Name:

What a ‘Grape’ Opportunity

Ms. Livstrom will partner with Morgan Jackson at Duplin Winery to examine the science, technological, engineering and mathematical-related (STEM) opportunities that this field offers for students who may aspire to a career in agriculture, agritourism or biotechnology.

She will develop relevant and engaging STEM lessons designed to help students in K-12 school settings understand the science behind grape and wine production and to become better aware of numerous opportunities in the field.

From School:

Charity Middle School

Region:

Duplin County Schools

Mentor:

Morgan Jackson of Duplin Vineyards

Sponsor:

Duplin County Schools


Maryann Martin

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Martin 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.

From School:

Martin Middle School

Region:

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


Elizabeth Moffitt

Project Name:

Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Climate Change

Ms. Moffitt will partner with Dr. Richard Smith of SAMSI and Dr. Alan Karr of NISS to exam in new ways of inspiring teachers to open an avenue for North Carolina students to learn about statistics in memorable and meaningful ways.

She will explore different datasets and different statistical methods, and develop lesson plans that are designed to inform students of these important issues and their impact on society.

From School:

Lakewood Montessori Middle School

Region:

Durham Public Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Richard Smith of SAMSI and Dr. Alan Karr of NISS

Sponsors:

SAMSI and NISS


Jerica Morgan

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Morgan 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.

From School:

Lee County High School

Region:

Lee County Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Aticila Mormando

Project Name:

Noyce: Healthcare Inovation Requires ‘Patients’ in the Classroom

Ms. Mormando will partner with Karen Mantzouris of the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center to explore the multifaceted health care industry.

From her experience, she will create a dynamic curriculum to engage the next generation of health-care professionals and informed consumers.

From School:

East Hoke High School

Region:

Hoke County Schools

Mentor:

Karen Mantzouris of the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Robert NoyceTeacher Scholarship Program


Jamie Mosley

Project Name:

The Rural Path of Electricity

Ms. Mosely will partner with Adam Martin of the Surry-Yadkin EMC to see how electricity is generated, transmitted, distributed, and delivered to residential and commercial customers.

She will use this experience to increase students’ awareness of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills used in this industry.

From School:

J Sam Gentry Middle School

Region:

Surry County Schools

Mentor:

Adam Martin of Surry-Yadkin EMC

Sponsor:

NC Electric Membership Corporation


Kayla Norville

Project Name:

Students Discover: Poring Over Our Pore Mites

Ms. Norville 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.

From School:

Farmville Middle School

Region:

Pitt County Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Michelle Trautwein and Dr. Dan Fergus, NCSU and NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Mavis Ottley

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Ottley 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.

From School:

Kestrel Heights School

Region:

Public Charter School

Mentors:

Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones, NCSU

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Elizabeth Pack

Project Name:

Noyce: Thinking Outside of the (Fuse) Box

Ms. Pack will partner with Amanda Bradshaw of the Sampson County Cooperative Extension to conduct research on alternative energy sources, and explore how this research may potentially transform Sampson County’s economic outlook.

She will also work with Sampson County 4-H, planning and implementing workshops to help convey the importance of clean energy research to youth and educators.

From School:

Lakewood High School

Region:

Sampson County Schools

Mentor:

Amanda Bradshaw of the Sampson County Cooperative Extension

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Dayson Pasion

Project Name:

Students Discover: eMammal Camera Trap Stakeout

Mr. Pasion 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.

From School:

Graham Middle School

Region:

Alamance-Burlington 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


Gabrielle Patrick

Project Name:

Noyce: Clean and Green

Ms. Patrick will partner with Hanah Ehrenreich of Sustainable Sandhills to explore how the organization is using research programs and data to help individuals and organizations save energy and create a more sustainable community.

As part of the project she will work with the Sustainable Sandhill’s Green Schools program, which teaches earth-friendly behaviors and helps local schools conserve energy and water. Her experience with these programs will position her as a resource and leader on the issues of stewardship and sustainability.

From School:

Sandy Grove Middle School

Region:

Hoke County Schools

Mentor:

Hanah Ehrenreich of Sustainable Sandhills

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Math Science Parternship Grant


April Pittman

Project Name:

Noyce: Expose the ‘Roots’ of Local Food Production

Ms. Pittman will partner with Shea Ann Dejarnette of the Robeson County Cooperative Extension to to explore how the Robeson County office supports the sustainability and economic impact of the local foods movement.

Collaborating with 4-H, she will help to plan and implement educational opportunities for local youth to explore this important and economically significant topic.

From School:

Gray’s Creek High School

Region:

Cumberland County Schools

Mentor:

Shea Ann Dejarnette of the Robeson County Cooperative Extension

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Kayla Poland

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Poland 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.

From School:

Apex High School

Region:

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


Carmen Psaltis

Project Name:

Noyce: The Local Ecosy’STEM’

Ms. Psaltis will partner with Seema Slehria and Sherry Carpenter of the Cape Fear Botanical Garden to explore the garden and ‘dig deep’ into the day-to-day operations that maintains the garden as a hub for learning and observing the region’s indigenous plants, trees and wildlife.

She will help develop and implement environmental educational opportunities for youth that visit and attend camps at the garden during the summer.

From School:

Western Harnett Middle School

Region:

Harnett County Schools

Mentors:

Sherry Carpenter of the Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Heather Roof

Project Name:

An Ex’Siding’ Opportunity

Ms. Roof will partner with Chris Ruff and Lee Clark-Sellers of Ply Gem to observe automated production methods; experience lean manufacturing practices; learn the various safety and environmental considerations of the manufacturing process; and develop relevant and engaging STEM lessons designed to help students understand the science behind environmentally responsible production methods.

She will also examine how the science, technology, engineering and mathematical-related (STEM) opportunities this field offers for students.

From School:

Chase Middle School

Region:

Rutherford County Schools

Mentors:

Chris Ruff and Lee Clark-Sellers of Ply Gem

Sponsor:

Ply Gem


Mary Samuels

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Ms. Samuels 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.

From School:

Carroll Magnet Middle School

Region:

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


Kelly Sears

Project Name:

The Genetics of Pest Control

Ms. Sears will partner with Dr. Fred Gould and Dr. Jennifer Kuzma of NC State University to investigate the ecology and genetics of insect pests in order to better understand how genetic engineering is being used to decrease malaria, dengue, and crop losses.

She will return to the classroom equipped to inspire the next generation of scientists as they engage in relevant, hands-on experiences developed as a result of this project.

From School:

Smith Middle School

Region:

Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Mentors:

Dr. Fred Gould and Dr. Jennifer Kuzma of NC State University

Sponsor:

Dr. Fred Gould of NC State University


Toni Stadelman

Project Name:

Biotech Drug Development: Where Scientific Curiosity and Innovation Meet

Ms. Stadelman will partner with Doug Osborne of Biogen Idec to develop classroom curriculum supporting students’ knowledge and understanding of bio-pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing processes.

She will use this experience to create dynamic curriculum to engage the next generation of biotech researchers and scientists.

From School:

Youngsville Elementary School

Region:

Franklin County Schools

Mentor:

Doug Osborne of Biogen Idec

Sponsor:

Biogen Idec Foundation


Allison Stewart

Project Name:

The First Flight Challenge

Ms. Stewart will partner with Jonathan Frederick and Marissa Hartzler of the Moreheard Planetarium
and the NC Science Festival to create an innovative program that includes resources to help students and educators explore the fascinating dynamics of flight.

The resources she creates will help library and media center-based educators effectively engage informal audiences to learn core scientific principles.

From School:

FPG Bilingue Elementary School

Mentors:

Marissa Hartzler and Jonathan Frederick of the Morehead Planetarium

Sponsor:

NC Space Grant


Juliana Thomas

Project Name:

Students Discover: Prehistoric Forensics & Dinosaur Evolution

Using research on dinosaur taphonomy, Ms. Thomas 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.

From School:

Exploris Middle School

Region:

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


Nicholas Tisci

Project Name:

Wearable Devices: Nanotechnology For Your Health

Mr. Tisci 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.

From School:

Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

Region:

Durham Public Schools

Mentors:

Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones of NC State University

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers


Mollie Williams

Project Name:

Noyce: All the “Wright” Things

Ms. Williams will partner with John Michel of Wright Foods, Inc., a state-of-the-art aseptic food processing company capable of creating food products unmatched by any other food producer in the world.

She will shadow company experts to learn how the technology leader in shelf-stable food processing, produces customized products from concept to plate. She will then translate this experience into revelant and engaging hands-on lessons for students.

From School:

East Montgomery High School

Region:

Montgomery High School

Mentor:

John Michel of Wright Foods, Inc

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation Robert NoyceTeacher Scholarship Program