USI receives over $500,000 from ICHE to recruit and train STEM teachers


The University of Southern Indiana Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education has received two grants from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) totaling $528,000 with a goal of advancing the quality of STEM instruction throughout the state.

One grant will fund the Teaching Eagles Scholarship Program which gives students majoring in STEM or education with a minor in STEM fields the opportunity to receive a tuition stipend and attend regional conferences. Led by Dr. Kelly Sparks, Associate Professor of Education, this grant totals $240,000.

The other grant, NExIDE, will fund New Experiences in Mathematics Education which offers support for future dual credit teachers in Indiana public schools who are seeking dual credit credentialing, including their Master of Science in Education. The grant will also support elementary teachers who want to deepen their understanding of mathematics content, pedagogy and leadership, and it will continue to fund the annual Quantitative Reasoning Conference for high school teachers. Led by Dr. Rick Hudson, Professor of Mathematics, the NExIDE grant totals $288,000.