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Graduate Fellow Information

Dartmouth GK-12 Project

2014-15 Academic Year


The Dartmouth GK-12 Project provides funding and support for graduate students in science, engineering, and mathematics at Dartmouth College to work with local middle school teachers (grades 6-9) to develop inquiry-based activities designed to increase students' understanding of and interest in science. Up to eight graduate students (Graduate Fellows) will be paired with teachers (Partner Teachers) for the 2014-15 Academic Year. Graduate Fellows and Partner Teachers will collaborate to develop or improve science lessons that incorporate strategies shown to foster creativity and communication. Graduate Fellows will receive training related to teaching, learning, communication, assessment, and creativity throughout the year. They will have opportunities to teach middle school students and will be mentored by their Partner Teachers as well as GK-12 Program Staff. One goal of the project is to foster long-term partnerships with teachers in the region.


By partnering with middle school teachers, Graduate Fellows will:

  • Improve their communication and creativity skills across a variety of levels and audiences
  • Gain a more contextualized and nuanced understanding of their research
  • Improve their teaching skills


The Dartmouth GK-12 Project for the 2014-2015 Academic Year will run from July 2014 through June 2015. Graduate Fellows are expected to:

  • Participate in GK-12 Orientation(s) in summer.
  • Spend approximately 10 hours per week on site with middle school students. (note: Graduate Fellows will spend a maximum of 15 hours/week of total time on GK-12 related activities including classroom time, training, and travel time.)
  • Attend workshops and mentoring sessions.
  • Work with GK-12 Partner Teachers to create or improve science lessons including active, inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects that foster creativity.
  • Meet periodically with GK-12 Project Staff.
  • Co-design and implement a longer-term inquiry-based classroom project that fosters creativity, including an assessment of student learning.
  • Facilitate the visit of a graduate student or postdoc not in GK-12 to your Partner Teacher's school to give a Science CafĂ© or mini-poster session.
  • Participate in a spring GK-12 Poster Symposium at Dartmouth College.
  • Participate in on-going evaluation.

Graduate Fellow Stipend

Through the Dartmouth GK-12 Project, Graduate Fellows will receive a 12-month stipend of $30,000 plus health insurance reimbursement.

Who May Apply

Any Dartmouth graduate student in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy who will be entering at least their second year of graduate study during the 2014-2015 academic year is eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.


Fellow's Application due: Monday, April 7, 2014 , Thesis Advisor Recommendation due Monday April 14, 2014

Interviews conducted: April-early May

Anticipated Announcement of Awards: late May

Early applications will be considered for those in need of an early decision. Contact Cindy Tobery, DCAL Interim Director, 603-646-9750, with questions regarding early decisions.


Graduate Fellow Application Form

 PDF version of GK-12 Graduate Fellow Information

For questions about being a Graduate Fellow, contact:
Cindy Tobery, DCAL Interim Director, 603-646-9750

Last Updated: 12/10/13