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NSCF launches program for middle school science teachers

15th March 2016

LOUISVILLE, KY (March 15, 2016) – Ten middle school science teachers from across the United States will be selected for the prestigious new National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program thanks to a partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University. Scholars selected for this unique program will be hosted by The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies from June 5 – 11, 2016 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The National Stem Cell Foundation is a non-profit which supports research and clinical trial collaborations in the field of adult stem cell research and regenerative medicine. According to Dr. Paula Grisanti, National Stem Cell Foundation Chairman, “We know that children who become excited about science in middle school are the ones who will pursue science in high school and major in science at the college level. We are delighted to partner with The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies both of whom have national reputations for excellence and deep experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. We believe this collaboration is a ‘best in class’ opportunity to fund professional development for teachers who will inspire the next generation of STEM kids nationwide.”

Dr. Julia Link Roberts, Executive Director of The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies, is thrilled about the impact the program will have. “This partnership will accrue benefits for the National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars, middle school students in their classrooms, and middle school science teachers with whom they collaborate,” she said.

The National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program seeks to inspire the creativity and passion of middle school science teachers. During the week-long program, Scholars will engage in hands-on, minds-on science activities; connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education; learn with skilled science educators; and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation. Each Scholar will receive a Chromebook and funding for Challenge Project supplies and materials.

In addition, Scholars will spend three days during the month of January 2017 in Washington, D.C., to share midpoint insights and progress with their colleagues, then return to Western Kentucky University in June 2017 to share lessons learned with the next Scholar class. Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty. All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies will be provided by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

Applications are now being accepted (click here to access the application) and are due by April 15, 2016. Teacher candidates should enjoy the creativity in teaching, be eager to share ideas with colleagues, be excited about networking with peers from across the country, and like financial and academic support for great ideas. Please contact 270-745-6323 or email Dr. Julia Roberts with any questions.

Established in 2007, The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented juniors and seniors. The academy was named the number one public high school in the United States by The Daily Beast for three consecutive years — 2012, 2013 and 2014. Now in its 35th year, The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University serves gifted children, their educators, and parents through educational opportunities, professional development and a variety of other resources and support.


Dr. Paula Grisanti, Chairman
National Stem Cell Foundation
(502) 379-8544

Dr. Julia Link Roberts, Executive Director
The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies
(270) 745-6323