Russell Receives Funding for NSF NanoBiology Project

October 15, 2014


Dr. Melody Russell, a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in Auburn University’s College of Education, has recently been named as lead researcher and Co-Principal Investigator for the research component of a National Science Foundation grant entitled “The NanoBio Science Partnership for Alabama’s Black Belt Region.”

The new award is for $91,023 over a 24-month period.

The prime award recipient is Tuskegee University, and Russell will lead the investigation of changes to participating science teachers’ beliefs and classroom practices. The research will have both qualitative and quantitative aspects.

“My roles and responsibilities will involve investigating the efficacy of the curriculum modules created for this project,” Russell said. “The modules are designed to promote science achievement and interest for middle school students in the partner schools.”

This project addresses Dr. Russell’s research agenda for broadening participation of students from underrepresented groups and underserved areas in STEM.

This is the third sub-award component for this NSF-funded project to come to an Auburn University investigator or research team.