Grant and Awards

Fusion Center Funding

The center is supported by grant moneys from the NSF, OBR, ODE, Race to the Top, Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN), Woodrow Wilson Foundation, CECH, the Toyota Foundation and Duke Energy. The center has just under $6 Million is active grant funds, 4.9 Million completed funds and another 7 Million in shared grants with other colleges at UC and Universities in the region. These funds support 2 full time academic director positions, 9 GA positions, 2 Teacher in Residence (TIR) positions and research and development activities for faculty and students engaged in STEM projects.

Ongoing Grants

  • Fowler, T. (2012-2014) Funding from Battelle Memorial Institute and Gates Foundation for articulation with Hughes STEM HS and developing regional STEM education efforts $310,000.
  • Fowler, T. (2013) Battelle/OSLN Race to the Top subcontract: College Ready Tools $75,000
  • Maynard, K. (2014) Battelle/OSLN Race to the Top subcontract: Training Center Implementation $27,500
  • Harkness, M & Breiner, J. (2012-open-ended) AAIMS II: African American Initiative in Mathematics and Science II, Toyota Foundation Grant, $50,000.
  • Koenig, K. PI, Kinoshito, K., Meyer, H., Plano-Clark, M, & Smith, L. (2013 - 2016) University of Comprehensive PhysTEC Site, National Science Foundation (American Physical Society). $300,000.
  • Maynard, K. (2013) Funds from Strive Partnership for evaluation of Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative $15,000
  • Maynard, K. et al (2013-2014) Funds from regional businesses and foundations for STEM education efforts through the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative $180,000.
  • Meyer, H. & Fowler, T. Funds from Duke Energy to support STEM teacher development (2010 - open-ended). $50,000.
  • Meyer, H., Jordan, A., & Kelley, S. (2014) Freshman Challenge/Freshman Challenge Alumni Project. Partners for a Competitive Workforce & United Way. $57,000.
  • Meyer, H. PI (2012-14) Battelle/OSLN Race to the Top subcontract: Supporting STEM teachers with online Modules. $115,000.
  • Meyer, PI (2012 - 18) WWOTF- Race to the Top: Additional funding for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching fellows for an additional year plus mentoring funds. $570,000.
  • Kukreti, A., Jackson, H., Meyer, H., Rutz, E. & Koenig, K. (2011-2016) Co-PIs NSF Targeted MSP: CEEMS- The Cincinnati Engineering Education Mathematics and Science Program. $ 9.265M (SoE subcontract, $600,000.)
  • Meyer, H., (PI) et al. Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship, (2010 - 2018) $1,200,000.
  • Meyer, H., (PI) & Koenig, K, Fowler, T., & Pelikan, S. (2010-2015) NSF Noyce Phase II, $750,000
  • Plevyak, L. PI, (2009-14) Choose Ohio First Scholarship Funds, Ohio Board of Regents, $880,000.

Completed grants

  • Bao, L. & Koenig, K. Science Learning and Scientific Reasoning, National Institutes of Health, (9/1/10-8/31/13), $998,658, NIH 1RC1RR028402-01. [sub-contract to UC]
  • Crowley, B., Plevyak, L. & Tankersley, K. (2012-13). UC Forward Course grant to develop a course entitled: Surviving Climate Change, $5800.
  • Crowley, B., Plevyak, L. & Tankersley, K. (2012-13). Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Grant, $24,735.
  • Dell, L. & Meyer, H. (2011) Young Children's Attitudes toward and Conceptions of Nature and the Outdoors. Graduate student and faculty research mentoring grants. $1000.
  • Israel, M., Basham, J., Pae, H., & Rutz, E. (2011). $479,352. Building STEM for All capacity through systematic scaling and evaluation efforts. College Ready STEM Demonstration Grants Program. Ohio STEM Committee.
  • Basham, J., Israel, M., Marino, M. T., Gardner, J. E., & Edyburn, D. (2010-2012). $400,000. Interactive field investigation guide (iFIG): An accessible platform to provide STEM for All. (U.S. Department of Education, Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disability, Steppingstones for Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities, Phase I priority, CFDA #84.327A)
  • Fowler, T. (PI), Maynard, K., & Meyer, H. (2010 - 2013) NSF DR-K12 Research Grant to integrate engineering design into science instruction., $449,999.
  • Fowler, T. & Maynard, K., (PIs) (2010-2011) Ohio Math-Science Partnership, Ohio Board of Regents. $250,000
  • Fowler & Maynard (2011) PI on Subcontract for Race to the Top Funds with Taft Elementary School. $250,000 over three years for curriculum development and professional development for Taft teachers.
  • Fowler, T. (PI) & Meyer, H., & Maynard, K., NSF Noyce Phase II planning grant $75,000
  • Koenig, K. (PI), Behr, D. Development of Scientific Reasoning and 21st Century Skills through Targeted Instruction, (10/1/10-6/1/11), STEM Innovation Grant through Ohio STEM Learning Network, $8061.60.
  • Maynard, K. & Fowler, T. (2011 - 13) Renewal of Ohio Math- Science Partnership grant with Mt. Healthy, $317,600.
  • Meyer, H., Fowler, T., Maynard, K., & Basham, J. (PIs) (2010) Ohio STEM Initiatives. Ohio Board of Regents. $ 987,000
  • Plevyak, L. (2011). Understanding the Impact of an Environmental Inquiry Project on Student Behavior: Reducing Lunchroom Waste. CECH, School of Education $5500.

Submitted but not funded

  • Ding, L., Koenig, K. and Reay, N., (submitted NSF DRK-12 January 2012). Enhancing Conceptual Understanding and Scientific Reasoning Abilities of Pre-college Physics and Physical Science Students through the Use of Vetted Question Sequences, $720,000 ($251,178 sub-contract to UC).
  • Maynard, K.,& Fowler T. CO-PIs (submitted August 2011) on subcontract for i3 proposal with Cincinnati Public Schools. $2,700,000 over three years to further develop Hughes STEM Innovation Lab model and promising Instructional practices: intercessions, PBL and authentic learning, social-emotional learning.
  • Meyer Co-PI REESE: Strive Education Partnership Implementation Network (EPIN): An Analysis of Factors Affecting Implementation, Spread and Sustainability. National Science Foundation. 1,500,000 over 36 months.

Presentations associated with Fusion activities

  • Meyer, H., Owens, L., Cargile, L., & Koenig, K. (January, 2014). Science teachers' conceptions of teaching engineering in science classrooms. International Meeting of Association for Science Teacher Education, San Antonio, TX.
  • Koenig, K., Bortner, L., Fabby, C. & Bao, L. (January 2013). Promoting scientific reasoning abilities in the introductory physics lab course. American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Koenig, K., Teese, R., & Jackson, D. (July, 2012). Instructional strategies that optimize student use of interactive video vignettes. American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Meyer, H & Koenig, K., (June, 2012) Ending the juggling act: Puzzling together pathways. SMTI Annual conference, Alexandria, VA.
  • Koenig, K. & Kembre, S. (March 2012). Developing scientific reasoning abilities in middle school students. National Science Teachers Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Bao, L., Zhou, S., Han, J., Raplinger, A. & Koenig, K. (March 2012). Assessment of student reasoning in control of variable. Paper presented at Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Koenig, K., Fabby, C. & Bao, L. (February 2012). Importance of scientific reasoning abilities: Should this influence our teaching?, American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Ontario, CA.

Publications associated with Fusion activities

  • Bao, L., Kim, Y., Raplinger, A., Han, J., & Koenig, K. (2013). Affective Factors in STEM Learning and Scientific Inquiry: Assessment of Cognitive Conflict and Anxiety, Research in Education, Assessment, and Learning, 4 (1), 1-52.
  • Laws, P., Teese, R., Jackson, D., Willis, M., & Koenig, K. (August, 2013). Using online interactive Physics-based video analysis exercises to enhance learning, Proceedings of the International Conference on Physics Education 2013*, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Fabby, C., & Koenig, K. (July 2013). Relationship of scientific reasoning to solving different physics problem types, Proceedings of the 2013 Physics Education Research Conference*, Portland, OR.Basham, J., Meyer, H., & Perry, E. (2011). Digital backpacks for 21st century skills. Learning and Leading with technology. September/October, 24 - 27.
  • Basham, J. D., Israel, M., & Maynard, K. (2010). Developing an ecological model for STEM education: Operationalizing STEM for ALL. Journal of Special Education Technology,25(3).
  • Basham, J. D., Israel, M., Graden, J., Poth, R., & Winston, M. (2010). Embedding Universal Design for Learning into Response to Intervention. Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 33.
  • Basham, J.D. & Marino, M.T. (2010). Introduction to the topical issue: Shaping STEM education for all students. Journal of Special Education Technology, 25(3), 1-2.
  • Dani, D., Meyer, H., & Jackson, D. (2010). Preservice teachers' views of culturally different students: A case study. Studies in Educational Research, 31(2), pp. 17- 49.
  • Debele, M., & Plevyak, L. (accepted). Conditions for successful use of technology in social studies classrooms. Computers in the Schools.
  • Harkness, S. S., Johnson, I. D., Hensley, B, & Stallworth, J. (2011). Apprenticeship of immersion: College access for high school students. School Science and Mathematics 111(1), 11-19.
  • Koenig, K., Schen, M., Edwards, M. &Bao, L. (March/April 2012). Addressing STEM Retention through a Scientific Thought and Methods Course. Journal of College Science Teaching, 41(4), 23-29.
  • Koenig, K., Schen, M., &Bao, L. (in press; Fall 2012). Explicitly Targeting Pre-service Teacher Scientific Reasoning Abilities and Understanding of Nature of Science through an Introductory Science Course. Science Educator.
  • Marino, M.T., Basham, J.D., Beecher, C.C. (2011). Using video games as an alternative science assessment for students with disabilities and at-risk learners. Science Scope. 34(5) 36-41.
  • Plevyak, L. & Mayfield, A. (2010). Environmental education within early childhood. Association of Science Teacher Education Monograph: The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Publications.
  • Plevyak, L. & Carr, V. (2011). Engaging early childhood students in scientific investigations. Early Childhood Australia, 17(3),32-33.
  • Plevyak, L. & Arlington, R. (2012). Children as natural scientists: Their use of process skills to learn about worms and fish. Science and Children 50(1), 54-62.
  • Slezak, C., Koenig, K., Endorf, R. and Braun, G. (December 2011), Investigating the effectiveness of the Tutorials in Introductory Physics in multiple instructional settings, Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research, 7, 020116.
  • Stinson, K., Meyer, H., Harkness, S. S., & Stallworth, J. (2010). Middle grades teachers' characterizations of integrated mathematics and science instruction. Middle Grades Research Journal, 5(3), 153-167.

Presentations associated with Fusion activities

  • Basham, J., Bullard, D., Gardner, J., Gauthier, W., Israel, M., & Marino, M. (April, 2011). Using technology to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for all. Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children 2011 Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD.
  • Basham, J., Israel, M., & Gardner, J. E., (November, 2010). Informing teacher preparation on UDL, technology, and STEM education: The STEM for ALL initiative. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children 2010 National Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Basham, J.D. (2010). Overcoming Learning Challenges with Technology: Lessons Learned at Taft STEM School: Michigan Technology Directors Meeting (Keynote Address): Lansing, MI.
  • Fabby, C., Koenig, K., &Bao, L. (July, 2012). Reforming the introductory physics laboratory to impact scientific reasoning abilities. American Association of Physics Teachers National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Israel, M. & Meyer, H. ( March 2012). Do we have a common STEM pedagogy? A comparative case study analysis. NARST, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Israel,M., Kamman, M., & McCray, E. (November, 2010). The 3 C's of mentor/mentee interactions: Content, context, and communication. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children 2010 National Conference, St. Louis, MO.