SBAR Graduate Fellowship
Graduate Fellows will be teamed with middle school teachers to develop and deliver teaching modules related to arid regions and biofuel production processes that reflect SBAR guar and guayule research.
Now recruiting Masters and PhD Students for K-12 co-Teaching Fellowships
We're looking for graduate students who are passionate about making a difference in local communities and helping to prepare the next generation of innovators and change-makers in new sources of energy and sustainability. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Graduate students will:
- Share real-life applications of modern agriculture and engineering.
- Help K-12 students explore and communicate the benefits of innovative agriculture to their communities and globally.
- Help K-12 students discover agriculture and STEM careers.
The goal of SBAR education and outreach is for youth to explore how natural resources, agriculture, and emerging technologies in the Southwest are changing energy opportunities in their family, community, and the world. Educational materials will include lecture and hands-on activities that tie to biomass feedstock development, sustainable feedstock production, and feedstock logistics. SBAR curriculum builds on the National 4-H youth development program, with a focus on Native American and Hispanic youth.
What are the benefits to participating in the Graduate Fellowship?
- Create meaningful science experiments/lessons for youth.
- Gain valuable teaching experience.
- Receive mentoring from an experienced K-12 teacher.
- Financial support:
- .25 FTE (~10 hours/week) Research Assistantship + in-state tuition remission tuition remission (UA)
- .25 FTE (~10 hours/week) Research Assistantship + in-state tuition eligibility (NMSU)
Who can apply?
- Graduate students in the following fields: Engineering, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Soil & Water Science, Agricultural Sciences, or Education with a Science emphasis.
- M.S. or PhD students currently enrolled full time at the University of Arizona or New Mexico State University.
- Graduate students with an interest in teaching science to youth.
- Open to US citizens, permanent residents, and international students who meet the qualifications.
- Students from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
What is involved?
- One year commitment to the Fellowship
- Attend a 2-week summer training in conjunction with a 4-H camp where fellow and mentoring teacher learn about and test activities related to the bioeconomy and plan for the inclusion of curriculum and activities in the coming school year.
2019 Training Dates: July 1-3 and July 8-12, NMSU Campus, Las Cruces, NM
- Attend 12 hours of orientation/workshop preparation. Time/date will be coordinated with student calendars.
- ~10 hours/week planning and co-teaching in a K-12 classroom.
- One-credit course (required both Fall & Spring) that covers classroom management, teaching strategies, and lesson design. This course provides a networking opportunity for fellows to discuss the progress in their classroom.
- Pass a Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance process after acceptance into the program to enable work with children and youth in the public schools.
Complete the SBAR Fellowship Application, which includes:
- Application Cover Sheet - signed/dated
- Resume or CV
- Personal letter of interest (1 page) describing why you want to become a SBAR Fellow.
- Research summary (1 page): Describe your research and how it might apply to teaching a biofuel/bioeconomy curriculum.
- Two faculty letters:
- One letter of recommendation from a current faculty member of your university
- One letter from your current faculty advisor indicating their support for your participation in the SBAR Fellow program
Application deadline: March 15, 2019
Fellows announced April 15, 2019
Questions: please contact Cara Duncan: email@example.com