Grants for Education in Microbial Science (GEMS)
Application deadline: March 31, 2015!
C-MORE awards grants (up to $1500) to foster awareness in microbial science. Any educator may apply for one of these grants, but preference will be given to public school teachers, non-profit organizations, and first-time applicants. C-MORE-affiliated students and researchers are also encouraged to apply for grants to help fund their outreach activities. Funds may be requested for equipment, consumable supplies, substitute teacher compensation for relevant professional development experiences, bus transportation for field trips, and other projects related to microbial science. Every grant requires a C-MORE or University of Hawai‘i sponsor, so we expect this program to significantly promote interaction between C-MORE scientists, other stakeholders in science and education, teachers and students. To find a sponsor, please visit the C-MORE team webpage. Any member of the C-MORE team, including graduate students, can serve as a sponsor.
If you are interested in applying, download the GEMS application form as either a form-fillable PDF or as a Word document (both revised Sept., 2014).
Final Project Reports
A one-page final project report (Word document) with photographs is due 30 days after the completion of your project. Please include the project title, author(s), school name(s) and date on top. Reports should be emailed to email@example.com. Below are some examples of final project reports. A signed media release is required for every individual who is featured in any photograph that you submit. Click here for media release waivers (Word .docs) for kids and adults. Please mail the signed waivers to Jim Foley, 1000 Pope Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Weldon Wichman: “Science Teachers Aboard Research Ships (STARS) Program” (PDF report)
- Buffy Cushman-Patz: “Microscopes for SEEQS Life Science Curriculum” (PDF report)
- Amanda Dillingham Greene: “Identification and Characterization of Bacterial Species Found on Marine Life Living in a Touch Tank” In Progress
- Belinda Ringpfeil: “Plankton Explorers Investigate Biodiversity” (PDF report)
- Kimberlee Stuart: “STARS cruise on HOT 260” (PDF report)
- Robyn Ehrlich: “STARS Cruise on HOT 260” (PDF report)
GEMS at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, February 23–28, Honolulu, HI
A series of GEMS grants were awarded to teachers and their middle and high school students, in support of their presentations and participation at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM). Below find their reports about the OSM experience.
- Darin Hayakawa: “Science in Action: 9-12 Science Education within the University Infrastructure Fosters Effective Project-Based Learning” (PDF report)
- Jennifer Kuwahara: “Mālama Mokauea” (PDF report)
- Scott LaChance: “Ocean Sciences Meeting Provides Window into Science Profession
for Eighth Grade Students” (PDF report)
- Katie Lodes: “Midwest to Mid-Ocean: Making Connections Between Scientists and High School Students” (PDF report)
- Kimberley Mayfield: “Na Keiki o Ka ‘Aina Summer Adventure Camps: Teaching and Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists on Kaua‘i” (PDF report)
- Alia Thompson: “Bringing Ocean Sciences Meeting Material to the Classroom” (PDF report)
- Randi Wold-Brennon: “From Dolphins to Plankton: Identifying Effective Strategies for Sustaining Underrepresented Youth Interest in STEM for Formal and Informal Education Settings” (PDF report)
- Roger Kelley: “Ocean Acidification: Connecting the Land to the Sea” (PDF report)
- Roxanne Yamashiro: “A Hands-On Adventure in Microbial Science” (PDF report)
- Katherine Roseguo: “Incorporating Microbial Biology into Science Fair Activities and More” (PDF report)
- Joanne Boyd: “Incorporating Ocean FEST Science Night into our School Curriculum” (PDF report)
- Holly Church: “An Exploration, Training and Enlightenment of Phytoplankton Culturing Techniques” (PDF report)
- Scott LaChance: “Do Zooplankton Tow Samples Taken on Different Days Along the Same Transect in Kane‘ohe Bay Vary in Composition?” (PDF report)
- Jennifer Kuwahara: “Plankton Monitoring at Mokauea” (PDF report)
- Jennifer Seibold: “Adventures in Microbial Oceanography” (PDF report)
- Steven Soltysik: “Science Teachers Aboard Research Ships (STARS) Program” (PDF report)
Completed Projects from Previous Years
Archived reports for 2007 through 2012 are available here.
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