Center of Excellence in S.T.E.M. Education

Summer Research Institute (SRI)


The goals of the SRI is to provide opportunities for the five k-12 teachers from the cohort of JPSD schools ((Jim Hill, Lanier, Provine, Wingfield, and Murrah)

  1. to participate in a multi/interdisciplinary STEM research projects;
  2. improve teacher quality and student achievement in STEM areas;
  3. and to ultimately develop a highly competent STEM workforce for the 21st century.

In addition to the cohort of the five JPSD teachers, the undergraduate DoD Scholars from JSU and HCC will be selected to participate in this program. The scholars and teachers are placed in specific laboratories at JSU under the mentorship of experienced research investigators. They spend an average of 30 hours per week on research projects, and they are required to present research findings in a formal setting at the end of the 6-week internship. Participants are also expected to develop, present research papers at scientific meetings, and /or publish in refereed journals. The six week SRI is comprised of the following activities:

Week 1 – 2: Designed Lectures and laboratory rotation program

Week 3 – 6: Research activities (the participants will carry out specific mentor/advisor guided research projects in the following multi disciplinary areas of relevance to the DoD mission:

  1. Environmental Science/GIS and Remote Sensing
  2. Atmospheric Sciences/Climate Change
  3. Environmental Health and Environmental Restoration
  4. Nanoscience. Nanotechnology, and Nanotoxicology
  5. Computing and Information Science
  6. Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  7. Data Analysis, Reporting and Presentation