CSU GK12: A Multidisciplinary Research and Teaching Program in Biomedical Engineering for Discovery and Understanding of Cell Communication

  • Subcontract for external evaluation of Colorado State University (CSU) project (2009–2014)
  • Project research encompasses biomedical science, chemistry, mathematics, electrical and computer engineering
  • Graduate-student research fellows collaborating with local high school teachers and students
  • Funding source: National Science Foundation (NSF) subcontract from CSU

BSCS is the external evaluator for a five-year NSF-funded research and education project titled CSU GK–12: A Multidisciplinary Research and Teacher Program in Biomedical Engineering for Discovery and Understanding of Cell Communication. The program combines collaborative research in biomedical science, chemistry, mathematics, electrical and computer engineering with a focus on the development of a brain biosensor chip that will help advance understanding of intercellular communication.

Graduate-student research fellows and doctoral advisors are collaborating in high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classrooms to introduce cutting-edge science and engineering to teachers and students. The grant is in its second year with selected high school teachers and graduate fellow participants. Summer workshops were conducted in 2009 and 2010. The Year 1 evaluation report was submitted in spring 2010 and data collection is continuing through teachers and research fellows’ bi-weekly logs, semi-annual surveys, and interviews.

BSCS collected pretest data in the summer of 2009 and fellows and teachers are completing weekly logs throughout the school year.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0841259. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.