Published: Sept. 16, 2016

MSU scholars awarded for projects to bring STEM education to underserved groups

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Two MSU researchers have received awards from the National Science Foundation’s NSF INCLUDES program, a first-year initiative aimed at increasing participation in STEM fields especially among underserved populations.

Kyle Whyte, associate professor of philosophy and community sustainability, was recognized for "Integrating Indigenous and Western Knowledge to Transform Learning and Discovery in the Geosciences." The project aims to create new opportunities for Native American students through partnerships between tribal communities and STEM (or science, technology, engineering and math) institutions. 

Leslie Gonzales, assistant professor of higher, adult and lifelong education, was recognized as part of a multi-university collaboration to prepare more STEM educators for careers in post-secondary education. The project specifically targets women and historically underrepresented minorities undergraduates in STEM.

The abstracts on the awards are available at:

Kyle Whyte:

Leslie Gonzales:



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