GK-12 Fellows in Science and Mathematics
for East Alabama Schools

NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education Program


With generous support from the National Science Foundation, Auburn and Tuskegee universities have partnered with Lee and Macon County school systems to place graduate students (GK-12 Fellows) in 9–12th grade science and mathematics classrooms, to serve as resource persons and assist teachers with instruction.

GK-12 Workshop

Under the supervision of high school teachers (GK-12 Teachers), GK-12 Fellows will:

  Spend 10 hours per week in class or enrichment activities at school (no less than 4 days per week) and 5 hours per week (some of which may be at school) on preparation (15 hours per week total)
  Assist in school laboratories 
  Assist in developing curriculum modules 
  Design research activities and provide demonstrations 
  Work one-on-one with students explaining concepts 
  Participate in after-school enrichment activities 
  Serve as mentors and role models 
  Take a course in pedagogy the summer prior to entering the classroom 
  Assist with the Saturday Academy 
  Bring their scientific research experience to the schools


  $30,000 per year, plus cost-of-education allowance for tuition, health insurance, and normal fees

Application Requirements

To be considered for a GK-12 Fellowship, candidates must submit:

  Statement of intent (one-page maximum, single-space)
  Two supporting letters, one from the major professor and one from a reference who can address the applicant's strengths in research, teaching and/or outreach
  Unofficial GRE scores
  Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts 
  Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications and Conditions

  Must be a graduate student in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics in College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University, or the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences at Tuskegee University 
  Priority will be given to PhD candidates and Master (thesis) students who have finished their course work. Students in the earlier stages of their degree program may apply with the consent of their Faculty Advisor. 
  Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents 
  Complete fingerprint requirements prior to start of employment 
  Must commit to participating in the program for one full year beginning each May.

Fellowships are designed to be one year in duration, but are renewable.

For more information please consult the GK-12 website, the NSF GK-12 website, or the following individuals:

Dr. Jack Feminella, Auburn University, feminjw@auburn.edu
Dr. Mohammed Qazi, Tuskegee University, qazima@aol.com
Dr. Ash Abebe, Auburn University, abebeas@auburn.edu

Auburn and Tuskegee universities are equal opportunity educational institutions/employers

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0538434.

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.


Last Updated: 3/3/2014