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Russ College seeks graduate students for NSF fellowship

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 2, 2007) -- The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University is looking for some exceptional graduate students with an interest in utilizing science and technology to create a unique learning environment for middle school students. The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 15.

As part of the Ohio University STEAM (Science and Technology Enrichment for Appalachian Middle-schoolers) Project, Chang Liu, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; David Chelberg, associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Teresa Franklin, associate professor of educational studies in the College of Education, have teamed up for a new way to generate an interest in science and technology for middle school students. The solution ? video games.

The goal is to develop engaging curricula involving educational video games and computer simulations that will teach students science and technology concepts. "Instead of wasting their time with video games, let students learn by playing educational video games," Liu said.

The graduate students will partner with middle school teachers and use new technologies and their own cutting-edge research in the classroom to convey concepts. Graduate fellows will research the topics, develop or customize software tools, work on curriculum development, and provide engaging in-class experience the students. "Students will see a younger person doing research who will hopefully serve as a role model for them to engage in research," Liu said.

The fellowships, financed by a $1.67 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will begin summer or fall 2007, and those accepted will earn a one-year stipend of up to $30,000 along with a tuition waiver and health insurance. The students must be accepted as a graduate student in the College of Engineering and Technology in 2007 and be a U.S. citizen or have U.S. permanent residency.  Female students and underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply.

For more information and application materials, visit www.ohio.edu/eecs/steam. For questions, contact Andrew Goodnite at 593-2913 or goodnite@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact:   Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, 740-593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu

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