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Science First!

A National Science Foundation Supported Graduate Fellowship Program

Cohort 5: Summer 2012-Spring 2013

A number of graduate students in Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, or Mathematics/Statistics (known as the GK-12 Fellows) will have the opportunity to earn a stipend of $30,000 for the fifth and final year of East Tennessee State University’s NSF GK-12 “Science First!” grant program.


The students’ research intensive program will be brought to life in the Elementary School environment as Fellows make age appropriate and accessible research presentations to students in grades K-4, thus encouraging our youngest Americans to pursue opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  Fellows will be based at North Side Elementary School, a high need and racially/ethnically diverse Johnson City School (around 90% of the students receive free or reduced lunch).

In addition, Fellows will work with the teachers at North Side Elementary to create classroom materials for an entire, integrated, stand-alone K-4 curriculum that is research-based, science-driven, and science-motivated.  Fellows will thus have the unique opportunity to be the driving force behind the development of curricular materials in Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology.


In addition to the stipend, the fellowship provides full tuition support and ample travel funds for professional conference attendance and presentations.   Fellows also travel to Washington, DC each spring to meet with students from other GK-12 programs.   Please note that with this being the final year of grant funding for the program, these benefits will only be for Summer Session 2 - 2012, Fall semester 2012, Spring semester 2013 and Summer Session 1 - 2013.   First-year graduate students accepted into this program will be eligible for alternative graduate assistantships for the second year of their studies.  

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to qualify, and applications from women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged.   Current ETSU graduate students in Mathematics/Statistics, Geosciences, Biology, or Chemistry are also encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate for this project would have taken a wide variety of courses in their major and in science/mathematics in general.  A distinguished academic record and evidence of research experience are essential. For an application form,
click here . Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Aimee Govett at or 423-439-7678 or Allison Smith at or 423-439-8344.

Send all application materials by e-mail to ; deadline March 31, 2012. 

Highlights from the GK-12 program:

2010 Summer Institute wraps up with a visit to Saltville, VA


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