Eastern Michigan University professor awarded National Science Foundation grant to ignite interest in careers using data science and statistics skills

Award addresses need to prepare educators to engage students in real-world issues using data

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YPSILANTI – The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Stephanie Casey, mathematics and statistics professor at Eastern Michigan University, a five-year grant totaling more than $215K for data science and statistics education. The grant is part of a $2.5 million project called “ESTEEM II: Enhancing Data Science and Statistics Teacher Education – Transforming and Building Community” project. 

“This new NSF funding supports my work to meet ESTEEM II’s goals by providing me course releases from teaching so that I can devote more of my time towards these efforts, along with money to support professional travel,” said Casey.

ESTEEM II is a five-year institutional and community transformation level two collaborative project awarded through the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant. The project focuses on improving the preparation of prospective K-12 teachers to teach data science and statistics by building and sustaining a community of organizational partners and teacher education faculty who can transform undergraduate teacher education programs through high-quality materials. This grant is a continuation of the Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education with E-Modules project, which has created online statistics teacher education curriculum materials that have been accessed by over 400 teacher educators. 

ESTEEM II's central aim is to transform undergraduate teacher education programs so that future K-12 educators are prepared to effectively teach modern data science and statistics due to experiences and courses in their undergraduate programs.

Casey is co-leading efforts to reach two of ESTEEM II's goals: building and sustaining a data science and statistics teacher education community and reaching a broader audience with high-quality data science and statistics teacher education curriculum materials. 

“ESTEEM II will lead to preparing students to pursue careers that need data science and statistics skills as well as to apply data literacy to their lives as active citizens in society,” Casey added.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

November 09, 2022

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