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Grants and Projects

Below you'll find a list of our grants and projects, past and present.

Current Grants and Projects


PhysTEC is a grant to recruit and support physics teachers. Housed in the Physics Department, this project brings together physicists, science educators and high school physics teachers to improve the quantity and quality of physics teachers. The grant supports as part-time Teacher In Residence who co-teaches two classes (one with physics and one with science education). The grant sponsors monthly Physics Demo Days for pre-service and inservice teachers, Physics Teacher Open Houses which bring HS teachers and their students to campus for a morning of physics lectures and activities, new courses and mentoring of prospective physics teachers.

Improving Teaching Quality

This is a new grant, supported by the California Postsecondary Education Commission to support K-2 science professional development. The CSU Long Beach project will provide funding for 42 teachers to participate in summer science institutes as well as small lesson design teams for the next three years. The project will also build on the work the districts have done to support English Language Learner's. The summer institute will be coupled with district trainings in English Language Development. Drs. Gomez-Zwiep and Straits are overseeing the grant.

Intensive Summer Science Institute – Toyota USA Foundation

Toyota USA Foundation has provided funding to support the science professional development for elementary teachers interested in improving their science content knowledge and pedagogy. The two year project includes an intensive summer institute, academic year programming and support, and conference attendance at CSTA. Pairs of teachers from the same school are accepted into the project in an effort to maximize the impact at the school level and provide on-site support to the participants. (2010-2012). Intensive Summer Science Institute website

A Head Start on Science

A professional development program for Head Start teachers and early childhood leaders to instill a sense of wonder in preschool children. The project provides awareness workshops at a variety of local, state, and national conferences, as well as a week-long hands-on workshop for teachers each summer on campus (typically, the last week of June). A Head Start on Science website

Young Scientists' Camp

A summer science professional development experience for pre-service and in-service teachers culminating in a 2-week, hands-on science camp for area elementary and middle school students. [funded by NSF, Project GEAR-UP and donations from individuals and foundations] (2000 - present). Young Scientists' Camp website

Science Education Experience to help Underserved Students Succeed! (SEE US Succeed!) – Verizon Foundation

Grants from the Verizon Foundation have allowed us to expand the Young Scientists' Camp program. We are now able to provide the same two-week, hands-on science camp for homeless children living in Long Beach. The camp is held in partnership with Long Beach Unified School District at the Bethune Transitional Center. The program has been offered in 2008-2010. We are grateful to Verizon for providing this enrichment experience for the neediest children in our community.

Long Beach Science Educators Network

A group of K-16 science educators from LBUSD (and surrounding districts), Cerritos College and CSULB meet for dinner, lively conversation and a program relevant to all levels of science teaching and learning. Initially part of the Seamless Education Initiative, this group has received funding from the LBESTEP grant, LBUSD and other sources.

STEELI (Secondary Teacher Education for English Learner Integration)

STEELI (Secondary Teacher Education for English Learner Integration) is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education (Office of English Language Acquisition); the award amount is $1,466,600, spread over 5 years (2007–2012). This project focuses on the Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP), a key component in the university's mission. STEELI focuses on curricular and structural improvements related to teaching English language learners for both CSULB faculty and pre-service candidates.

CSU/NASA Collaborative

The CSU-NASA Education Collaborative is a systemwide initiative being undertaken by the California State University (CSU) and the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA). The goal of this partnership is to improve the availability and quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for current and future teachers throughout California. At CSULB this includes NASA presentations for our Future Science Educators club and opportunities for prospective teachers to work at JPL or other NASA facilities in the summer (through the STAR project). (2000 – present). CSU-NASA Education Collaborative website

Recent Projects and Grants

Robert C. Noyce Scholarship Program - Phase II

In an effort to increase the number and quality of science and mathematics teachers in high need school districts, the program awards scholarships of up to $15,000 per year to CSULB science, mathematics, and engineering majors planning to complete a single subject credential in mathematics or science. Scholars also receive professional development and networking opportunities. In return, scholars agree to teach two years in a "high need" school district for each full year of support. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation. Noyce I (DUE 0335772) 2004-2009, Noyce II (DUE-0833349) 2009-2012.

Noyce Scholar Leadership – National Science Digital Library project

The California State University (CSU) System is working to partner the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and NSF's Robert Noyce Scholars program. Noyce is a prestigious, national, forgivable, loan incentive program that provides scholarships to highly qualified mathematics and science students to acquire mathematics or science teaching credentials if they agree to teach in high-needs schools.

The CSU will use its MERLOT Institutional Teaching Commons (ITC) program to create and support a network of pilot, micro-California communities of Noyce science and math teachers across the MERLOT consortium. The project will serve as a national model, extendable across NSDL collections and Pathways, to 1) other institutions with Noyce Scholars; 2) the nation’s Colleges of Education, Science, and Mathematics, and; 3) K-12 mathematics and science instructional programs. The integration of MERLOT's ITC and NSDL through MERLOT's federated search capability will enable the sharing of locally developed expertise for teaching science and mathematics in high-needs schools. The benefits of these programs will accrue primarily to under-served, high-needs schools, many of which enroll large numbers of students currently underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines - 2007-2010. (NSF DUE 0735011).

Long Beach Elementary Science & Math Teacher Education Project - LBESTEP

An NSF funded 3 year collaborative effort to focus and improve K-8 teacher preparation in mathematics and sciences in Long Beach, California.

Augmented Learning Environment And Renewable Teaching - Project ALERT

A collaborative project between NASA and the CSU system to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of Planet Earth to millions of students (K-16) and the general public.

Teaching Learning Collaborative (TLC) (2001-2005)

The Teaching Learning Collaborative project is a collaborative venture between CSULB, K12 Alliance, Montebello and Garvey School Districts. It is a project that has developed and sustained an intense interactive professional development model for engaging teachers in quality inquiry-based science teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. [Funded by the California Post-Secondary Education Commission - CPEC]

Teaching Secondary School Scholars Program (TS3P)

This NSF funded grant was hosted at Cerritos College. The grant supported future secondary math and science teachers as they move from Cerritos College into 4-year universities and credential programs. 2005-2009. DUE 0501326

Great Lakes Energy Project

Jim Kisiel is working with the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH on an evaluation and research project that aims to better understand visitor knowledge of renewable energy. The Science Center has recently constructed a working wind turbine on the property, and is beginning development of a new exhibit highlighting the science and technology behind alternative energy, including solar energy, biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind energy. Several of the Science Education Masters Program students assisted in the literature review—it appears that this is an area with great potential for future study!

Scientific Research-Abroad Scholarship for Preservice Teachers: Authentic Experiences in the Doing of Science

Pairing a preservice teacher who does NOT have experience doing a long-term scientific investigation with one of our College's scientists who is doing field work abroad. Funded by the International Projects Award (2006-2007).

Science Education Ph.D. Collaboration

CSULB & Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. Second annual Science & Mathematics Learning Environments Short Course February 6-8, 2007 for part-time faculty, graduated Masters students and Southern California teachers who wish to pursue a "distance" doctoral degree program. Dr. Martin-Dunlop serves as a liason between CSULB and Curtin, and as a local advisor for dissertations. Goals of collaboration are (a) to establish a network of Southern California Learning Environments researchers, (b) to build an international connection between CSULB and Curtin, and (c) to assist worthy candidates in obtaining a doctoral degree without having to quit their job or to move.