Date:    January 13, 2012

To:      All UF Graduate Students, Coordinators and Staff

From:    UF SPICE Graduate Fellowships

RE:      February 10: SPICE Graduate Fellowship Application Deadline!

Applications for 2012-2013 SPICE Graduate Fellowships are due Friday, February 10, 2012.

SPICE (Science Partners in Inquiry-Based Collaborative Education) is a GK-12 program sponsored by the National Science Foundation that is now in its ninth 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 County Public School teachers, and teach in middle school classrooms.

A primary goal of SPICE is to enhance communication skills and outreach abilities of graduate students. Any graduate student interested in outreach or 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 applicants do not need to be conducting research on ecosystem health -- only possess a willingness to include the theme in some lessons. Complete training is provided. A two-year commitment is required of SPICE Fellows. During the first year, fellows will teach in middle schools one to two days a week, and will receive a stipend of $24,000 plus tuition, fees and health insurance. During the second year, they will teach approximately two days a month and receive a stipend of $3,500.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and currently enrolled in a graduate program in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF College of Engineering, UF College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or UF College of Veterinary Medicine. Graduate students in groups currently underrepresented in science and engineering are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are due Friday, February 10, 2012.  

Application materials are available online at  

General information about SPICE is available online at 

Questions can be addressed to Program Coordinator Ginger Stanford at [log in to unmask] 

*Although NSF funding expires in 2012, the program will continue -- thanks to the generous support of many UF and Alachua County Public School administrators.