SPICE (Science Partners in Inquiry-based Collaborative Education) Graduate Fellowships for 2010-2011. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), SPICE is a Grade K-12 program in its seventh year at the University of Florida.
Through SPICE, graduate students in the sciences and engineering are trained in inquiry-based teaching methods, paired with Alachua Public School teachers, and teach in middle school classrooms. The required commitment of time is high (15 hours/week), as is the stipend.
A primary goal of SPICE is to enhance communication skills and outreach abilities of graduate students. Any graduate student interested in teaching at any level will benefit. Another goal of SPICE is to spark interest in science, engineering and math among Gainesville's disadvantaged youth.
The theme of SPICE is Ecosystem Health, but Fellows do not need to be doing research about ecosystem health -- they only need to have an interest in it.
A two-year commitment is required of SPICE Fellows. During the first year, Fellows will teach approximately 2 days/week and receive a stipend of $30,000 (plus tuition and fees). During the second year, they will teach approximately 2 days/month and will receive a stipend of $3,500.
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents majoring in the sciences or engineering. Preference will be given to students already enrolled in a graduate program at UF. Graduate students in groups currently underrepresented in science and engineering are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications are due Tuesday, February 16, 2010.
Application materials are available at: http://www.spice.centers.ufl.edu/ApplicationInstructions.html.
General information about SPICE is available at: http://www.spice.centers.ufl.edu.
Questions can be addressed to Suzan Smith (Program Coordinator: [log in to unmask]) or Doug Levey (Program Director: [log in to unmask]).