Science Education Department

Science Education Partnership Award Program

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About the Program

We are fortunate to receive funding from a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) provided by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The goal of the SEPA program is to invest in educational activities that complement or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. This is accomplished through interactive partnerships between researchers and educators, providing opportunities for students from underserved communities, and helping students, teachers, and the public have a better understanding of life sciences through providing educational resources.

In 2018, we received a SEPA grant to support our newest project TRIPs – Mobile Lab Experiences and TRIPs (Teacher-Research Institute Partnerships) to Inspire Middle School Students. Grade eight students will learn about a simulated outbreak of an infectious disease on a ship that serves as a floating hospital. Students will review case reports and plot an epidemic curve in order to identify the potential source of the outbreak. Students complete a DNA fingerprinting experiment onboard the Science Adventure Lab to definitively identify the source.

Read more about this project

Read more information about our prior NIH-funded SEPA project

Projects

To date, our department has received two five-year SEPA grants:

Papers

The Engaging Families to Enhance Science Learning and Interest in STEM Careers project concluded in 2017. The project’s aims, details, and findings were peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of STEM Outreach in January 2019.

To learn more about our SEPA projects, please email Dr. Amanda Jones.