ITLE Year 2 Program Innovation Grants
Math in the City ($10,895)
Petronela Radu, Mathematics
Math in the City will design a course-based interdisciplinary internship program to show students why math is important and how it is used outside academia. Students will sign up for projects with a business/company in Lincoln and develop a mathematical model based on the company's work. The modeling and the mathematical investigation will be done in groups of 3-5 people under the supervision of the course instructor.
In class, students will learn about the mathematics involved in their models. Upon completion of the course, the entire class will participate in a mini poster session allowing each group to present results. The successful students will serve as mentors for students in the following year and help with the development of the course.
Local businesses and research centers across Nebraska will be partners in this effort. This will increase students' appreciation of the career relevance of mathematics as well as help from off-campus contacts.
Math in the City program will create strong connections between academia and industry in Nebraska, while engaging students in a learning and discovery process. Contacts with local employers may also encourage students to remain in Nebraska after graduation.
Professional Advisory Council: A Plan for Enhancement and Assessment ($19,050)
Barbara Trout, Textiles, Clothing and Design
Michael James, Textiles, Clothing and Design
Through contacts forged with industry professionals, this initiative aims to position Textiles, Clothing and Design on top of trends while expanding opportunities for students.
Trout and James will create a professional advisory council composed of private sector interests. The council is expected to increase student retention, for example, by providing students with regular contact with working professionals.
A second track will organize external portfolio reviews of student work and create a consequent reevaluation of the department's curriculum.
Feedback gathered will help keep department programs current. And connections to industry will enhance student opportunities with the possibility of underwriting and support of university programs.
PREPARING ITLE-5 PROPOSALS
- Two proposals win funding - see our March newsletter.
- Call for Proposals - due to deans Oct. 17, 2008.
- Deadline for Deans to submit Year 5 ITLE proposals from their colleges was Oct. 28, 2008.
- Scarlet Announcement of Year 4 Awards
- Read more about the Year 4 grants
- Year 4 Overview
- Application Information
- Teaching and Learning Exposition - Thursday, March 29, 2007
- Proposal Assistance
- Podcasts are now available from Chris Thaiss' presentation on supporting student writing within and across the disciplines. This session is intended to help faculty prepare strong proposals for the ITLE-4 competition and help us all explore how we might better support undergraduate writing.
- Year 2 Overview
- Grants Defined
- Projects Funded
- Advising for Success
- One Campus, Many Views
- Program Innovation
- Teaching Fellows