Doctoral student Maegan Ruiz has been accepted as a fellow to the Indiana University Bloomington INTERACT Incubator.
The Incubator is an NSF-funded organization that supports the development of Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education community, and is run by Dr. Mary Murphy and Dr. Benjamin Motz. As a fellow, Ruiz will receive funding to participate in all events, including their annual convening in Bloomington, IN, in October.
"I believe that I am one of the first graduate students to be invited to join (since most members are professors or education professionals), so I’m very excited!" said Ruiz.
Via the INTERACT Incubator: " [The purpose of incubators is to] support the development of Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (RI) efforts, especially those that enable research on the assets and needs of those traditionally left out of STEM and that lead to greater education equity. Mid-Scale RI is a relatively new concept for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education community because STEM education research has traditionally been distributed, individual, and less reliant on instrumentation. Improving the speed and scale at which STEM education research advances, however, requires national research infrastructures. Through this DCL, NSF aims to conceptualize and consolidate viable infrastructure ideas to support STEM education research that will transform teaching and learning."