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Vassar Math Professor Shares In Grant From National Science Foundation

Charles Steinhorn
Charles Steinhorn Photo Credit: Facebook/Vassar College

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has given a $2.1 million grant to a team of edicators, including Charles Steinhorn, the principal investigator of the project and a professor of mathematics at Vassar College, for a new summer program for undergraduates to help answer the call for science and mathematics teachers in U.S. public schools.

Other members of the team were from the faculty of Barnard College, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Trinity College and Vassar College

Over the next five years, the NSF grant will enable 120 undergraduate majors in the STEM fields (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) to participate in an extensive 6-7 week summer program in secondary mathematics or science education, that integrates pedagogical studies with hands-on instruction for more than 1,200 secondary students in Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut.

Selection for the “Summer STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates” (TEU) program will be highly competitive among students in 61 liberal arts institutions across the country. Many of the participating schools are small undergraduate liberal arts colleges, and owing to their size, “a key challenge they face is how to provide their STEM students interested in teaching with high quality courses and experiences that are focused on mathematics or science pedagogy. The TEU program is designed to fill this need,” wrote the project leadership team in their NSF proposal.

“My colleagues and I are looking to make a broader impact on math and science education in U.S. public schools than we can make individually, since each of our institutions enrolls a comparatively small number of students,” said Steinhorn. “Our project is guided by the principle that liberal arts institutions can accomplish together what they cannot do alone.”

This is the largest grant ever secured by a Vassar professor.

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