The Office of Early College Programs has set aside $10,000 in grants for the UConn ECE community. The purpose of this grant is to create an opportunity for classroom and community development for a UConn Early College Experience course. The Office of Early College Programs provides flexible funding to help classrooms complete projects addressing a wide variety of goals and objectives through two types of project grants: classroom or community development.
The application period will run August 15 to October 15, 2017. Please read the instructions carefully and attached the provided cover form to your application. If you have any questions, please contact Nella Quasnitschka.
2016 Grant Winners
The office received fifteen incredibly competitive applications from schools all over Connecticut. Out of these incredible proposals, nine winners were fully funded and two applications were partially funded. A total of about $5,570 was awarded.
- William Schultz (CHEM) and several other instructors of Enfield High School applied for the purchase of a solar panel system and additional physical outputs to be used in the classroom and in community outreach events for demonstrations and experiments relating to renewable energy conversations. Experiments will include electrical, chemical, and mechanical energy conversions in the UConn ECE Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, and Physics courses.
- April Kelley (NRE) of Laurelton Hall at Academy of Our Lady of Mercy applied for funds to build a hoop-style greenhouse in the corner of the campus designated for green learning. The intention is to use the greenhouse as an outdoor classroom, to let students to participate in a farm-to-table experience and to allow community gardening, fostering stronger ties between students and senior citizens living in the senior complex next door. Students of UConn ECE Environmental Science will construct the greenhouse.
- Lisa-Brit Wahlberg (POLI) and Sarah King (ENGL) of the Master’s School proposed a collaborative community-based learning project designed to address the psychosocial effects of war and resettlement on Syrian refugees in Connecticut. UConn ECE Political Science and English students will be instructed in journal making, journal writing, and art activities to foster and develop global citizenship, social justice and diverse cultural awareness. Students will be trained through IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) of New Haven about the Syrian crisis and plan community activities involving Syrian refugees.
- Jan Frazier (CAMS) of Waterford High School received funding for the publication of a mini-textbook, edited and put together by students of UConn ECE Latin.
- Equipment purchases of spectrophotometers to upgrade laboratory facilities were also approved for Jane Carey Lyon (BIOL) of Windham High School and Sharon Geyer (CHEM) of Woodstock Academy.
- A joint application of Jennifer Gampel (BIOL) at Masuk High School and Jamie Cosgrove (BIOL) at Christian Heritage Academy for the purchase of a miniPCR and a PTC Taster Lab was also approved.
- Natisha Vidal (HDFS) will be receiving a donation of UConn memorabilia to be used in her classroom for student motivation.
- Mimi Fluharty (HDFS) will be running a hygiene products drive with the help of UConn and ECSU.
The office will be providing grants again next year. The deadline to apply will be October 15, 2017. We encourage all our schools to apply. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be instructors of a currently running UConn ECE course and complete the entire grant application available on our website. All projects must be completed within the school year, be well documented and assessed.