Grants for Education in Microbial Science (GEMS)
C-MORE awarded grants (up to $1500) to K–12 public school teachers to foster awareness in microbial science. From 2007 to 2015, 88 projects were funded supporting 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 required a C-MORE sponsor, so this program promoted interaction between C-MORE scientists, other stakeholders in science and education, K–12 teachers, and students.
Applications are no longer accepted for GEMS program. Check out similar grants for Earth and Ocean Science Projects by Hawaii teachers as part of the TGIF SOEST mini-grant program.
Final Project Reports
Every GEMS project required a one-page final project report highlighting the impacts of the project. Please check out the project reports below to learn more about the impact of this program.
- Denise Espania: “Mālama Wai” (PDF report)
- Tisha Louis: “Mālama Loko Ea Fishpond Project” (PDF report)
- Wendy Marshall: “Oceans of Opportunity: Mainly Microbe” (PDF report)
- Andrea Smith: “Introduction to Microbiology: Discovering the World of Cells and Microorganisms using high quality Microscopes” (PDF report)
- Caterina Panzeca: “SUNY Maritime Passport to Urban Oceanography: Field Experience for High School Students in the Bronx, NY” (PDF report)
- James Byrum: “Introduction to our local plankton community” (PDF report)
- Gearld Canaday: “Deepening Ocean Science Curriculum through Coconut Island Field Trip Experience” (PDF report)
- Debra Gochros: “Nānā I Ke Kumu (Look to the Source)” (PDF report)
- Scott LaChance: “Do Plankton Samples Along a Transect in Kaneohe Bay Vary Over Time?” (PDF report)
- 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” (PDF report)
- 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)
Completed Projects from Previous Years
Archived reports for 2007 through 2013 are available here.
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