In 2008, the Kansas National Science Foundation-Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF-EPSCoR) awarded CEBC a seed grant to support research projects for four high school science teachers. The goal of this small award was to help the center compete nationally for a larger NSF award.
Mission accomplished! The EPSCoR seed money helped CEBC win a $500,000 award from NSF for a three-year Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. In partnership with the Transportation Research Institute at KU, the new program, proposes to engage science teachers in research to develop renewable fuels. It will integrate projects across the spectrum from biomass production to fuel utilization.
The new RET program also partners with the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center in Greenbush, Kansas. Thus, it will serve not only urban areas in northeast Kansas, but also rural populations in eastern Kansas.
--Story by Claudia Bode