FORT COLLINS - The National Science Foundation granted Colorado State University faculty a total of $2.7 million to train graduate students on technology and how to share their knowledge.

Using the NSF grant, graduate students will learn new theories of cell behavior using microelectronics and electrochemistry. The research is led by engineering professor Tom Chen and biomedical sciences professor Stuart Tobet.

Engineering education professor Michael De Miranda will then work with the students on taking their knowledge to K-12 teachers across the region. Poudre, Thompson Valley, Greeley and Weld RE-9 are the participating school districts in Northern Colorado.

The aim of the NSF grant is to expose elementary and high school students to the possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program will bring cutting-edge science into schools and will include industry partners such as ADInstruments and Avago Technologies.