Wheelock Partnership Wins National Grant

February 27, 2017

A partnership between Wheelock College and the Charles River Watershed Association will receive a $10,000 grant from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE)'s new Partnership Champions Project.

Muddy River ResearchersPartnership Champions builds upon the NCSCE initiative SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education), which supports diverse cross-sector partnerships between places of informal learning (including science museums, science centers, nature centers, a zoo, and a national park) and higher education institutions that collaborate on civic engagement projects.

Following a competitive application review process, five cross-sector partnerships were selected to receive one-year sub-awards to explore best practices for science and civic engagement cross-sector partnerships and create collaborative projects. Each sub-award provides $10,000 for awardees to begin the process of planning and establishing an ongoing collaboration. As part of the award, the partners will participate in an eMentorship consultation (via online video conference services) with an experienced SENCER-ISE partner on selected topics, such as project planning, institutionalizing the partnership, identifying audience outcomes to guide evaluation, and navigating conflicting schedules. Each collaboration partnership was matched with their own eMentor. These five eMentors were selected from SENCER-ISE partners who previously received sub-awards and created cross-sector partnerships, thus expanding the SENCER-ISE network of collaboration.

Awardees will also have opportunities to interact with members of other partnerships and the larger SENCER network of faculty and administrators.

The award winning partnerships were:

  • Wheelock College & Charles River Watershed Association
  • Eastern Michigan University & the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Lincoln Memorial University & Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
  • Rider University & Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
  • Towson University & The National Aquarium

The Wheelock College-Charles River Watershed Association Partnership

Lisa Lobel, Wheelock Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Science at Wheelock College, is partnering with Elisabeth Cianciola, Aquatic Scientist at the Charles River Watershed Association, to integrate classroom work with citizen science field research in urban stream health through the project "A Citizen Science and College Student Partnership to Assess Stream Health in the Charles River Watershed. The goal is to partner college students at Wheelock College with scientists and citizen scientists working with the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) in the assessment of stream health in the Charles River Watershed. Their eMentor is Nellie Tsipoura, Senior Research Scientist at the New Jersey Audubon Society.

Read the full announcement on the NCSCE website.

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