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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0139372. Summer training of the OSU Fellows was provided by Edith Gummer, Department of Science and Math Education, and by the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) Program at OSU
The OSU Fellows consisted of graduates and undergraduates who spent 1–2 days every week of the school year engaging students in classrooms in inquiry-based science education through the Rural Science Education Program initiated by the Entomology Department in 2002. The 3-year program, sponsored by the competitive Graduate K– 12 (GK–12) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) (http://www.nsf.gov/ home/crssprgm/gk12/), established a partnership between OSU and six public rural schools in Oregon for enhancement of science education. The goal of the NSF GK–12 program was to provide lucrative fellowships to highly qualified graduate and advanced undergraduate students in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology disciplines to serve as resources in K–12 schools (Luedeman et al. 2003), to establish strong partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts, and provide enriched learning for K–12 students and professional development opportunities for teachers.