GK-12 Graduate (MS) Student Fellowship

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The Christopher Newport University (CNU) GK-12 project, Promoting Water Quality in the Chesapeake Watershed, is accepting fellowship applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Fellows will spend two years in the program, working part time with the grade students and their teachers in science classrooms during the second year. Fellows will gain invaluable experience inspiring students and communicating science while completing a Master of Science degree at CNU focused in one of the 2 degree programs, either Environmental Science or Computer Science.

Project Goals 

The goal of the NSF-funded CNU GK-12 Project is to infuse interdisciplinary watershed research and computer mapping technology into the high school curriculum of Newport News Public Schools. In collaboration with CNU faculty mentors and high school teachers, fellows will apply an inquiry-based teaching approach to guide Earth Science students in developing field sampling and Web-enabled GIS spatial analysis skills to address critical ecological issues impacting the local Chesapeake Bay. This project will provide fellows an invaluable communication experience while applying their findings to the direct benefit of the environment and society.

Fellows Benefits & Responsibilities 

Fellows will receive a competitive stipend ($30,000) during their second year and a full tuition waiver. In exchange, fellows must commit to the full two year program, which involves taking a full time load of graduate courses, attending workshops and seminars, conducting research in environmental or computer sciences and, during their second year, spending 10 to 15 hours per week in GK-12-related classroom activities.


To be considered as a fellow, applicants must be accepted into CNU's thesis-based MS graduate program. This opportunity is open to US citizens and permanent residents.

How to Apply

Applicants must include a complete CNU GK-12 application form, a 1-page statement of purpose (describing motivation and suitability as a fellow and how the program would contribute to professional goals), 2 letters of recommendation, unofficial GRE scores, unofficial transcripts, resume and proof of US Citizenship or Residence Status. Send to Dr. Gary Whiting.