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									Thesis Advisor Recommendation and Support Statement 2009 GK-12 Innovating Graduate and K-12 Education in Biological Sciences School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Directors: Dr. Luis Mota-Bravo (PI) and Dr. Michael Mulligan (Co-PI)
To be completed by the doctoral thesis advisor of the GK-12 graduate student applicant. Using Microsoft Word, please fill the gray spaces below, print the recommendation and sign it. This form is available electronically at http://port.bio.uci.edu/GK-12.

Student Name: Doctoral Thesis Advisor: The GK-12 Program at the UCI School of Biological Sciences is designed to bring innovation to graduate and K-12 education by integrating investigation and experimentation conducted by UCI faculty and graduate students with teaching of Biology/Life Sciences in grades 7th-12th at partner schools in Santa Ana, Montebello and Westside of Newport-Mesa Unified School Districts. Graduate students (GK-12 Resident Scientists) will improve communication, teaching and team-building skills as they act as partners and mentors and incorporate their own research to support and serve as resources for teachers to enrich learning for K-12 students in minority-serving schools. The program will support eight second to fifth year doctoral students from the UCI School of Biological Sciences and it will require GK-12 graduate students to devote a total of 60 hours per month (or 15 hours/week) during one year, from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010; the fellowship will cover stipends, fees and health insurance. Under the direction of faculty advisors, GK-12 graduate students and teachers will prepare inquiry-based lessons, laboratories and didactic material to be presented to 7th-12th grade students, and disseminated by a web-based repository. GK-12 graduate students are required to participate in the following activities:           Two summer institutes: July 13-17 and August 10-14, 2009 (40 hrs/week) Five Saturday workshops: September 26, October 24, December 5, 2009, February 6, and April 24, 2010 Seminar/progress report sessions at UCI every week from September 29, 2009 to May 28, 2010 Spend 10 hours/week at the GK-12 partner school during the academic year Present papers at selected national conferences Present materials developed at the UCI GK-12 Symposium on Tuesday June 1, 2009, 4:00-6:00 PM Partner with a GK-12 teacher in their classroom 10 hours/week during the academic year Work in partnership with GK-12 teachers on workshop materials, presentations and lab activities Prepare reports of activities and participate in ongoing evaluations (surveys) Respond in a timely manner to e-mail messages from the GK-12 Program

Continued funding is based on satisfactory performance and participation in program activities. GK-12 graduate students will be evaluated quarterly. GK-12 graduate students are expected to maintain an
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active research program and make good progress toward the doctoral degree during the period that they are on fellowship. The GK-12 graduate students will be required to submit a quarterly research plan and research summary as a part of the program. A GK-12 graduate student will not be eligible to receive other employment or fellowship support during the period that they are a GK-12 fellow. Thus, they will not be able to serve as a TA, GSR, be appointed on a training grant, or accept employment outside the University during this period (July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010). Advisor Recommendation Please comment on how you feel that your graduate student will benefit and contribute to the GK-12 Program Advisor Support Statement A graduate student will not be awarded the GK-12 fellowship without the support and approval of the thesis advisor. My signature below indicates my strong commitment to support the graduate student (named above), to participate in the GK-12 Program activities (described above). As the doctoral thesis advisor, I agree,    That the GK-12 activities will take precedence over other activities for the graduate student I will participate as a faculty speaker for a GK-12 summer institute or Saturday workshop I will advise the graduate student to develop inquiry-based lessons, laboratories and didactic material to be presented to 7th-12th grade students

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