STEM grad students sought for CarbonEARTH fellowships

The Penn State CarbonEARTH (Carbon Educators and Researchers Together for Humanity) program is seeking exceptional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students for several $2,500/month National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Fellowships, beginning Aug. 1.

Now in its second year, the CarbonEARTH Program pairs Penn State graduate fellows with elementary and middle school science teachers from the Philipsburg-Osceola Area and Harrisburg School Districts. Fellows bring their carbon-related research into school classrooms to enhance science teaching grounded in the interdisciplinary theme of carbon, broadly construed, as a unifying platform for investigation, discovery, training and education. Together, graduate fellows and teachers develop innovative open-inquiry science curricula related to energy, matter and materials, earth processes and ecosystems. This experience develops collaboration and communication skills of STEM graduate fellows while facilitating professional interactions with carbon-related researchers in allied disciplines.

Graduate fellows, who devote 15 to 20 hours per week to the program, are guided by science educators from Penn State's Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS), faculty mentors, partner teachers and their colleagues to integrate their research into the classroom. Fellowship duration is for up to two years. Fellows must be U.S. citizens and have completed at least one year of their doctorate degree program. For further information and to obtain application materials, visit or contact Chanda Turner at

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Last Updated March 21, 2013