Eastern Michigan University professor awarded National Science Foundation grant to ignite interest in careers using data science and statistics skills

YPSILANTI – The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Stephanie Casey, math and statistics professor at Eastern Michigan University, a five-year grant totaling more than $215,000 to train in data science and statistics. The grant is part of a $2.5 million project called ESTEEM II: Enhancing Data Science and Statistics Teacher Education – Transforming and Building Community.

“This new NSF funding supports my work to meet the goals of ESTEEM II by providing me with course clearances from teaching so I can devote more time to these efforts, along with money to support professional travel,” said Casey.

ESTEEM II is a five-year collaborative project aimed at transforming level two institutions and communities, awarded through the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant. The project is focused on improving K-12 prospective teacher preparation for teaching data science and statistics by building and sustaining a community of organizational partners and teacher education faculties who can transform undergraduate teacher education programs through quality materials. This scholarship is a continuation of the Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education with E-Modules project which has created online statistics teacher education curriculum materials that have been accessed by over 400 teacher educators.

The central goal of ESTEEM II is to redesign undergraduate teachers so that future K-12 educators are prepared through experiences and courses in their undergraduate programs to teach modern data science and statistics effectively.

Casey is co-leading efforts to achieve two of ESTEEM II’s goals: building and sustaining a community for data science and statistics teacher education, and reaching a broader audience with quality curriculum materials for data science and statistics teacher education.

“ESTEEM II will result in preparing students to pursue careers that require data science and statistics skills, as well as applying data literacy to their lives as active citizens in society,” added Casey.

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