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GK-12: Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education


ESI’s GK-12 program represents an extension of the National Science Foundation GK-12 program at the University of Texas at Austin (2001-2011). This program pairs graduate student scientists and teachers from STEM disciplines in local school districts. Throughout its history, the GK-12 program has consistently improved communication and teaching skills for graduate fellows, enriched learning by K-12 students, created innovative professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers, and strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local schools.

Starting Spring 2013, the GK-12 program has begun to provide prestigious fellowships and innovative training opportunities to graduate researchers interested in public outreach and environmental education. Please click here for the 2014-2015 Fellow and Teacher biographies.

If you are interested in becoming a GK-12 Program Fellow or Teacher, please contact us. More information about the program can be found in the documents below:

GK-12 Program Support Documents:

2014 GK-12 Fellow FAQ's

2014 GK-12 Teacher FAQ's



GK-12 Associates Volunteer Program: 

Beginning in 2014, the GK-12 Associates Program expands the reach of the GK-12 Fellows Program to include additional science graduate students and teachers. The goals of this pilot volunteer program are to 1) guide science graduate students in their development as communicators of science, and to 2) provide teachers with expert scientists who will engage students with interactive and exciting science related to their research and field of expertise. In the few months since establishing the associates program, we have already engaged a number of enthusiastic volunteers, who approached us looking for ways to get involved in science education/outreach. Their fields of study range from child developmental psychology to hydrogeology research in cave systems to field observations of penguin behavior in New Zealand. These volunteers will give scientific presentations in K-12 classrooms, volunteer as Science Fair judges, and create activities for outreach events such as our Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series. Click here for the Fall 2014 Associates Biographies. 

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