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Submitted & Pending Grants:

Keenan, S. (PI), & Reinsvold, L.A. (Co-PI) & Novak, J. (Co-PI).  (2016) Preproposal submitted to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education – Inclusive Excellence Grants 2017.  Invited to Apply.

Cleveland, L. (PI). (2016) Preproposal submitted to National Resource Center entitled "CUREs: A Mechanism for Developing White Women's & Women of Color's Scientific Identity".



Funded Grants:

Courage to Excel Scholarship 

Funded by Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

 Project Duration: 2016-2018            Funding Amount: $112,000

Project Description: The Courage to Excel Scholarship program at UNC will address attrition at two important points: (1) from high school to college and (2) from enrollment in an undergraduate program to graduation.  Students in the following programs will receive scholarships:  LEAP students, McNair Scholars, and Honors students.


Learning through Engaged and Authentic Practices (LEAP)

Funded by Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

Project Duration: 2015-2017            Funding Amount: $150,000

Project Description: LEAP is designed to assist under-represented and under-resourced pre-health undergraduate students transition into and succeed during their first year of college.  LEAP students are provided multiple opportunities including:  participation in a summer bridge program, interaction with a peer and faculty mentor, a cohort-learning model, and interaction with health-care professional.  With initiatives designed to enhance University access, provide strong advising and engage students in the classroom and through authentic research, the LEAP program provides academic and financial support to students in a manner that promotes their long-term success and persistence within their chosen major and, ultimately, as professionals within their field.


Eagle School District Math & Science Partnership (Eagle SD MSP)

Funded by Colorado Department of Education

Project Duration: 2015-2016            Funding Amount: $19,726

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: The mathematics faculty at UNC provide content, pedagogical workshops for K-8 mathematics teachers in order to develop mathematics lessons.


The UNC Flipped Classroom Academy: Propelling UNC to National Prominence in Higher Education Flipped Learning Excellence 

Funded by Innovation@UNC Project

Project Duration: 2014 - 2016      Funding Amount: $291,024

  • PI; Jerry Overmyer Ph.D.
  • Co-PI; Nissa Yestness Ph.D.

Project Description: The purpose of the project is to create a community of professionals that will propel UNC to national prominence through effective on-campus implementation and assessment of flipped-learning strategies, and dissemination through a national conference highlighting UNC educators. The objectives of the project are to provide UNC faculty with opportunities to create robust and effective flipped learning environment.


Women in Geoscience

Project Duration: 2012-2016      Funding Amount: $429,075

  • PI; Julie Sexton
  • Co-PI; Kevin Pugh
  • Co-PI; Eric Riggs (Texas A&M University)
  • Researcher; Michael Phillips
  • Researcher; Rhonda Parmley

Project Description: Recruitment and retention of women in geosciences: An investigation of individual and environmental factors

The goal of this study is to contribute to the knowledge needed to increase the proportion of women receiving undergraduate geoscience degrees from U.S. universities. The proportion of women earning undergraduate geoscience degrees has stagnated at approximately 40% for the past 6 years, while women constitute only about 20% of working geoscientists (NSF, 2009). The American Geological Institute (2009) reports that the 40% level may represent a ceiling for female geoscience graduates. Most other STEM fields are closer than the geosciences to achieving gender parity (NSF, 2009). Little empirical research has investigated why women major in geoscience or how women's choices differ from men's choices to select and persist in a geoscience degree (Holmes & O'Connell, 2004). We aim to fill this research gap by studying why some geoscience programs are more successful than others at recruiting and retaining a high percentage of female students. The following are our specific objectives:

Identify the characteristics of geoscience programs that affect recruitment and retention of female students by affecting those students’ cognitive-personal factors
Discover if there are differences between the cognitive-personal factors of female and male students in geoscience programs with above-average female graduation versus students in geoscience programs with below-average female graduation
Identify differences in environmental factors between geoscience programs with above-average female graduation versus programs with below-average female graduation
Produce a model of recruitment and retention for women in the geosciences
Generate recommendations about classroom and departmental characteristics that geoscience departments can implement to recruit and retain female geosciences majors.


Mathematics and Science Teaching for English Learners (MAST-EL)

Funded by the U,S, Department of Higher Education

Project Duration: 2011-2016            Funding Amount: $1,827,246

  • Executive Director Elizabeth Franklin Ph.D.
  • Project Director Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.
  • Co-Project Director Jenni Harding Dekam Ed.D
  • Co-Project Director Youngjin Song, Ph.D.
  • Co-Project Director Teresa Higgins, Ph.D.

Project Description: The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and its four consortia partner schools will conduct a five-year project for the National Professional Development Program through the US Department of Education. The goal of Mathematics and Science Teaching for English Learners (MAST-EL) is to prepare pre-service elementary teachers to deliver high-quality mathematics and science instruction to K-5 English learners (ELs) in Colorado schools. In order to do this we will:

Prepare and graduate a cohort of 30 MAST-EL Scholars (UNC Elementary Education and English-as-a-Second Language dual endorsed majors) to effectively teach mathematics and science to K-5 ELs and support them through their first year of teaching.
Engage and mentor 32 MAST-EL classroom teachers in how to effectively teach mathematics and science to ELs.
Develop long-term relationships with administrators and teachers at four partner schools where exemplary mathematics and science teaching for ELs is modeled and researched.
Increase K-5 EL achievement in mathematics and science as a result of the implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and assessment practices.


NOYCE Scholarship Program and Internship Program

Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)

Project Duration: 2010-2016            Funding Amount: $1,198,930.13

  • PI; Robert Reinsvold Ph.D.
  • Co-PI; Dr. Valerie Middleton Ph.D.
  • Co-PI & Program Coordinator; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.
  • Program Evaluator; Julie Sexton Ph.D.

Project Description: Highly qualified math and science teachers are in high demand. There are many opportunities for teaching positions. The Noyce Scholarship Program at UNC wants to provide UNC math or science teaching majors with up to $32,000 to complete their science or math teaching major and qualify for these jobs.

This scholarship is for talented UNC science and mathematics majors or science and mathematics professionals who would like to be secondary (grades 6-12) mathematics or science teachers. The grant will award 30 scholarships over five years. The scholarship program is intended for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year, are majoring in a science or mathematics field, enrolled in the secondary teacher education program (PTEP), and would like to pursue a teaching career in mathematics or science. Scholarships are also given to professionals who have completed their bachelor’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field, accepted in the UNC Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program in mathematics or science, and would like to pursue a teaching career in mathematics or science.


Northern Colorado STEM Collaboration

Funded by Colorado Department of Higher Education, ESEA, Improving Teacher Quality Grant 

Project Duration: 2014-2015            Funding Amount: $176,757

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: The leadership team of Northern Colorado STEM Collaboration provided job-embedded professional development for in-service secondary mathematics and science instructors.  The professional development focused on building instructors' skills to create standard-based, integrated-STEM lessons, knowledge of STEM learning progressions, ability to implement lesson studies, strategies for teaching in a culturally responsive manner, and knowledge and skills to conduct action research.  


 

Colorado STEM Teacher Preparation Collaboration

Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a program of the Gill Foundation

Project Duration: 2014            Funding Amount: $5,000

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: This grant provided a one day, state-wide meeting for educators in universities & colleges, school districts, and non-profits involved in STEM teacher preparation.


Northern Colorado Mathematics Collaboration to Support Teacher Quality

Funded by Colorado Department of Higher Education

Project Duration: 2013 - 2014      Funding Amount: $161,228

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold PhD.
  • Program Coordinator; Jerry Overmyer Ph.D.

Project Description:  The NCoMC-TQ Project brought together University of Northern Colorado’s mathematics faculty and staff, 13 school district partners (Brush School District, Platte Valley School District, Weld District RE 3J, and 10 other Centennial BOCES school district members), Centennial BOCES staff, and Colorado Legacy Foundation staff to provide a comprehensive secondary mathematics professional-development program to 30 teachers.


Eagle School District Math & Science Partnership (MSP)

Funded by Colorado Department of Higher Education

Project Duration: 2014 - 2015      Funding Amount: $18,240

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold PhD.

Project Description:  The mathematics staff at UNC provide content, pedagogical workshops for K-8 mathematics teachers in order to develop mathematics lessons.


Colorado STEM Teacher Preparation Collaboration

Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a program of the Gill Foundation

Project Duration: 2013            Funding Amount: $5,000

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: This grant provided a one day, state-wide meeting for educators in universities & colleges, school districts, and non-profits involved in STEM teacher preparation.


Wiser PSI

Project Duration: 2012-2014            Funding Amount: $30,861.43

  • PI; Steven Anderson Ph.D.

Tools and Technology for Rural Colorado Mathematics: Improving Teacher Quality Project

Funded by Colorado Department of Higher Education

Project Duration: 2012-2013      Funding Amount: $189,733

  • PI; Jerry Overmyer Ph.D.

Project Description: The project networked 30 teachers from high-needs rural Colorado school districts with the University of Northern Colorado. The project provided a comprehensive professional development program for tools and technology for secondary mathematics teachers.


 

Adams 14 School District for Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP)

Funded by Colorado Department of Education

 Project Duration: 2011-2014            Funding Amount: $135,500

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description:  Provides science and mathematics content and pedagogical professional development to middle school teachers.


 

Power and Questioning Strategies in Elementary Science Lessons

Funded by UNC MAST Institute

Project Duration: 2010                     Funding Amount: $700

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Funds for transcription for doctoral research


 

Mathematics and Science Teachers Partnership (MSP)

Funded by Colorado Department of Education

Project Duration: 2010 – 2011         Funding Amount: $52,488

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Provided science and mathematics content and pedagogical professional development to middle school teachers.


 

NCAR Global Climate Change Research for Teachers Institute (RETI)

Funded by NASA

Project Duration: 2010-2013            Funding Amount: $409,903

Project Team:

  • PI; Steven Anderson Ph.D.
  • CO-PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D,

Project Description: In collaboration with NCAR, the project enhances STEM knowledge and pedagogical skills of twelve secondary level science teachers through coursework, research experiences, and planning of standards-based classroom modules that utilize NASA data to understand climate change and its impacts on society.


 

Targeted Partnership CSU

Project Duration: 2008-2014            Funding Amount: $608,247

  • PI; William Hoyt Ph.D.

Northern Colorado Mathematics and Science Improving Teacher Quality Partnership

Funded by Colorado Department of Higher Education – Title II

Project Duration: 2008-2010            Funding Amount: $236,506

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: This grant provided content courses, mentoring, and assessment workshops to secondary mathematics and science teachers in northeast Colorado.


Mathematics and Science Teachers Partnership (MSP)

Funded by Colorado Department of Education

Project Duration: 2007-2010            Funding Amount: $166,674

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Provided science and mathematics content and pedagogical professional development to middle school teachers.


 

Elementary School Cooperative on Math, Science, and Literacy: Greeley/Evans Area Teacher Training

Funded by Agilent Technology Foundation

Project Duration: 2007                     Funding Amount: $10,000

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Developed and provided science and mathematics professional development to elementary teachers.


e-Mentoring in Colorado – e-Mentoring for Science Student Success 

Funded by National Science Teachers Association

Project Duration: 2007                     Funding Amount: $55,800

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Coordinated an on-line mentoring program in Colorado for first- through third-year secondary science teachers.


Elementary School Cooperative on Math, Science, and Literacy: Greeley/Evans Area Teacher Training

Funded by Intel Corporation

Project Duration: 2006                     Funding Amount: $10,000

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Developed and provided science and mathematics professional development to elementary teachers.


e-Mentoring in Colorado - e-Mentoring for Science Student Success, University of California - Santa Cruz, Mathematics and Science

Funded by National Science Foundation

Project Duration: 2006                     Funding Amount: $51,874

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Coordinated an on line mentoring program in Colorado for first- through third-year secondary science teachers.


Environmental Education and Outreach for Native Americans at the Shortgrass Steppe

Funded by NSF-LTER Supplement

Project Duration: 2004                     Funding Amount: $68,708

Project Team:

  • PI;
  • Co-PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Developed and provided challenge education and field-research experiences in the use of technology for teams of students and educators from three Native American Communities, which then returned to their schools with technology tools and skills to implement those strategies and processes into their science courses.  Goal:  to encourage and motivate Native American students to continue to take mathematics and science courses and consider careers in science.


 

Technology Support for Science Education

Funded by University of Northern Colorado’s Student Technology Fund

Project Duration: 2003                     Funding Amount: $37,775

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Developed and provided technology tools for UNC science and science-education courses, integrating technology in science teaching and learning.


COMSTEC

Funded by Colorado Partnership for Educational Renewal

Project Duration: 2002 - 2004          Funding Amount: $8,468

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Provided Web services to the COMSTEC program.


Science Education Technology

funded by IBM.

Project Duration: 2002                     Funding Amount: $41,000

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Provided laptops for science and science education courses at UNC.


 

Tech Tools for Administrators

Funded by Fund for Colorado’s Future.

Project Duration: 2001 - 2002          Funding Amount: $38,810

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Developed and provided face-to-face technology skill workshops and on-line technology integration courses for Colorado principals and superintendents.


 

Widening Our World (WOW)

funded by U S WEST Foundation (QWEST). 

Project Duration: 1996 - 2000          Funding Amount: $5,000,000

  • PI; Lori Reinsvold Ph.D.

Project Description: Developed and provided technology classes to educators, business people, and non-profit organizations on how to use the Internet.  Classes delivered in Colorado and other states representing U S WEST service area.