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Department of Education – USU STARS! GEAR UP II

Position: College of Engineering Project Coordinator


The USU STARS! GEAR UP partnership at Utah State University is new, $32.8 million grant to help more than 3000 Utah middle schoolers catch the vision of higher education over a seven-year period. The program targets students in schools where more than 50% of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

The College of Engineering will support the program by providing engineering summer programs for teachers and students in partner school districts. The summer program will target underrepresented 6th to 12th grade students as well as science teachers participating in the project.

College of Engineering faculty Kurt Becker will lead the engineering effort to train teachers and their students in the area of watershed science and water quality, leading to the development of classroom lessons and applied research activities that can be carried out to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) framework which has engineering as a fundamental part.

College of Engineering Funding Amount:
 $1,230,768 (50% of the amount is USU match)
Duration of Project: September 2015 to August 2022