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Engineering education students chosen for national programs

April 25, 2014

Four students enrolled in Colorado State University's engineering education program have been selected to participate in National Science Foundation-sponsored programs.

Three students will work in research laboratories this summer and one was selected to receive a $10,000 NSF-sponsored scholarship for students who want to teach STEM subjects in middle, junior high or high schools.

 “It’s very exciting to have so many students chosen for these programs,” said Michael de Miranda, a CSU professor of engineering education.  “It demonstrates the strength of CSU’s engineering education program.”

Student awards

Nate Golter, a junior majoring in engineering science, has been awarded $10,000 Robert Noyce Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. The scholarship was established in honor of Noyce, inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel, and is given to students who plan to pursue a teaching career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM.)

Engineering education students Alexa Garfinkel and Rachelle Gard will participate in an immersive Research Experience for Teachers Site program at the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology at CSU.

They will conduct research on Extreme Ultraviolet light including laser development and design, ultra-high resolution microscopy, metrology and lithography for the manufacture fabrication of the next generation of computer chips.

Engineering education student Katie Spendlow will participate in a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates Site program at Utah State University where she will focus on self-regulated learning.  Numerous studies suggest that SRL is a significant predictor of a learner’s academic performance. 

About engineering education

Students enrolled in CSU’s engineering education program earn degrees in engineering and teaching.  The program prepares students to teach engineering design principles and concepts at junior and senior high schools.