Education & STEM
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Education and STEM

The GROWTH program is designed to enable our fantastic group of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and participants in the summer research program for undergraduates to make scientific discoveries and grow to become successful, internationally-minded researchers. We have built within the project framework a series of educational initiatives including curriculum development for existing undegraduate classes, development of a database of novel educational tools focused on providing hands-on research experience, Summer Research Program for undergaduates and regular exchange visits of grad students and postdocs among GROWTH partner institutions. Beyond the confines of our program we will work with Education & Outreach centers at our partner institutions to expand the reach of our impact to local schools and communities with particular focus on under-represented groups in STEM. We'll report the impact of our education and outreach activities in this section, as well as in the newsletters delivered by our external evaluator.

GROWTH Impact in Year 1 (2015-2016)

The following graphs represent a summary of survey data administered to the GROWTH team at the end of Year 1. The response rate was 55%. For further details about the survey , data collection and to request a copy of the evaluation report, please contact the GROWTH Program Coordinator, Iva Kostadinova at

Fig 19 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016

Fig 23 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016. The figure depicts the way in which the summer research program for undergaduates as well as the graduate/postdoc exchange program (both formerly known as the GROWTH internship programs) impacted the students.

Fig 24 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.