Revised: Fayetteville State University’s Department of Math and Computer Science Receives $2 Million National Science Foundation Grant

On May 10, Fayetteville State University’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department was notified by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of a grant award totaling $1,999,980 for the “Implementation Project: Strengthening Student Success in STEM (S^4)” led by Dr. Daniel I. Okunbor (Mathematics and Computer Science), project investigator, along with Drs. Dong Wang (Mathematics and Computer Science), Daniel Autrey (Chemistry and Physics), and Khalid M. Lodhi (Biological Sciences). The award will begin June 2017 and end May 2021.

Implementation Projects provide support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to design, implement, study, and assess comprehensive institutional efforts to increase the number of students receiving undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and enhance the quality of their preparation by strengthening STEM education and research. The FSU project seeks to build on previous successful efforts to increase the participation of African-American students in STEM disciplines. The goal of this project is to significantly improve recruitment, persistence, retention and graduation rates for STEM undergraduate students.

The project will utilize evidence-based, high-impact pedagogical practices to improve student learning and outcomes. The practices include: a professional seminar course sequence; assessment-based adaptive mathematics courses; student-centered active learning environment upside-down pedagogies; intrusive peer tutoring and supplemental instruction; and undergraduate research. The project will study the impact and efficacy of the flipped classroom and determine effect sizes of its adoption by examining students’ perceptions, learning and outcomes.

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,200 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.

For more information, call (910) 672-1474.