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LOWELL - The University of Massachusetts Lowell and its affiliated partners recently launched a fellowship program to focus attention on science, technology, engineering and math education in middle and high schools throughout northeastern Massachusetts.
Forty public school teachers were selected as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fellows, by the UML Center for Field Services and Studies, to encourage more young people to enter those careers. Fellows are expected to complete 60 hours of training including workshops, hands-on application experiences, externships and conferences.
"These teachers were chosen because they are innovative and can produce results," said Marjorie Dennis, project coordinator for the STEM Fellows Program. "The STEM fellows hope to find that hook that gets students excited about studies in science, technology, engineering and math."
Public school systems in Bedford, Beverly, Hamilton-Wenham, Lowell, Methuen, North Reading and Tyngsboro will see the development of new programs in these fields as well as STEM awareness and engagement in their communities.
Recent results of an international student assessment test administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development underscored the problem: U.S. students had some of the poorest scores of any industrialized nation.
The STEM Fellows Program is supported by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education through its Pipeline Fund.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education. Visit our website at www.uml.edu.