- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Saginaw Valley State University students and faculty members are teaming up with local high school students to do research in the Saginaw area during the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center summer program.

The studies are a joint venture between SVSU’s Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center and the Dow Chemical Co. Foundation. The program hopes to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, according to The Saginaw News ( https://bit.ly/1MpGzdT ).

This is the second summer of the program. Research is concentrated in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, with projects studying everything from the DNA of walleye in the Saginaw Bay to measuring the level of contamination in the Saginaw River.

“The high school students get their first big experience of STEM outside of the classroom by working on real research,” said David Karpovich, SVSU’s H.H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemistry and one of the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center’s leaders.

Six research studies across the Saginaw Bay area are led by SVSU faculty and 10 SVSU students. A dozen high schools from Midland, Bay, Gladwin, Tuscola, Shiawassee and Saginaw counties have 10 teachers and 21 students participating in the research.

“The college students also gain very beneficial experience,” Karpovich said. “Most of all, I hope that all of the students are inspired by the program as they decide what careers to pursue.”

“The SBESI focuses on undergraduate research, often funded through external grants and motivated by needs within the community/region,” according to the SVSU website.

Adrianne Cole participated in the 2014 summer research as a teacher from Heritage High School in Saginaw Township. She has since joined SVSU as the university’s STEM program manager.

“I was also able to explore the engineering aspect of STEM - something that had always intimidated me as a biology and chemistry teacher,” Cole said.

“Being part of the overall research on the Saginaw Bay watershed also allowed me to bring my newfound knowledge back to my own classroom and make chemistry relevant to the area that my students live in.”


Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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