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National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellow at CSUN

Through a rigorous, national, merit-reviewed competition, one of CSUN's graduate students, Cassidy Adlof, has received a fellowship award from the National Science Foundation. Ms. Adlof's field of study is Life Sciences - Ecology.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

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National Science Foundation funds Engineering Research Center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has given the go ahead to California State University, Northridge and four partner universities from around the world to create a new Engineering Research Center (ERC) that will focus on research that could revolutionize nanoscale, or microscopic, electromagnetic devices.
The NSF grant for $18.5 million over the next five years will fund the ERC, headquartered at UCLA, and support the collaboration of researchers from CSUN, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Cornell University and Switzerland’s ETH Zurich. These researchers will work together to develop highly efficient and powerful multiferroic-based electromagnetic systems—roughly the size of a biological cell—that can power a range of devices, from miniature consumer electronics and technologies important for national security and medicine to things yet imagined.
Dr. Nicholas Kioussis (Physics & Astronomy) is leading the CSUN effort in the project, which also involves contributions from Dr. Igor Beloborodov (Physics & Astronomy), whose research will focus on multiferroic nanocomposites, and Dr. George Yousef (Mechanical Engineering), who will oversee the educational component. The grant also provides opportunities for local high school students and Cal State Northridge undergraduate and graduate students to take part in the research. [Read more...]


Next Generation Learning Challenges Awards $2.3M to CSU Northridge

California State University, Northridge has received a grant of more than $2.3 million from Next Generation Learning Challenges to expand a program that helps students bridge the “math gap” in the transition from high school to college.
The grant supports a hybrid model of entry math courses Cal State Northridge’s Department of Mathematics developed about five years ago to tackle what they saw as a disconnect between the math students retained from high school and what they were expected to know as they began their college studies.
Dr. Katherine Stevenson, with the support of a $250,000 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant last year, developed a hybrid model for entry-level math courses that includes classroom and lab work, online homework and individualized remediation of prerequisites. Pass rates in one of the new CSUN model courses, business math, have climbed from 35 to 40 percent to about 66 to 70 percent since the program’s inception about five years ago.

Stevenson said the new Next Generation Learning Challenges grant will enable CSUN to share what it is doing with other campuses in the CSU system and community colleges. CSU Channel Islands and Monterey Bay have already signed on. Stevenson said she hopes that by January of 2015 a quarter of the CSU campuses and at least 15 percent of campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District will be involved in the program.

NGLC is managed by EDUCAUSE in partnership with the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Funding for Wave III was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. [Read more...]