Five goals have been identified for the program:
- To provide a unique interdisciplinary and cutting-edge graduate research program to cultivate
world class scientists and engineers in bioengineering. Such an interdisciplinary program promotes
a culture of scholarly research environment that will be evaluated by both quantitative and qualitative
assessment of graduate fellows' academic progress and scholarly development through publications,
presentations, and dissemination efforts.
- To equip future scientists and practicing engineers with communication skills that allow them
to communicate with their fellow researchers and engineers, and more importantly, to communicate
effectively with the general public and with K-12 teachers and students in particular. Fellows'
ability and their skills to communicate the research contents to K- 12 teachers and students
will greatly improve the quality of K-12 education and attract more participation from K-12 students
in science and engineering.
- To provide graduate fellows with additional training of important transferable skills in global
culture and diversity, leadership, civic and public engagement, innovation, and ethics, in addition
to communication skills. Such transferable skills are essential ingredients of effective STEM
leaders of the future. (see Transferable Skills)
- To build knowledge and content capacity for K-12 teachers and to develop new content for K-12
STEM education by incorporating research contents into K-12 curriculum that address the state
and national STEM standards and extend their relevance towards challenging K-12 students to engage
in inquiry and discovery.
- To create and to strengthen the partnerships between STEM departments at CSU, STEM departments
at regional K-12 school districts, and private sector companies involved in the electronics and
bioscience industry. Such partnerships are essential to making changes in graduate education
and K-12 STEM education relevant to societal needs and essential to sustainability of the proposed
Connection and Support of K12 STEM Education
Sample of Project
Activities and High School Level Content Standards Addressed