Rowan University and Spreadsheet Lab Manual Receive STEM Grant Funding

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SOUTH JERSEY – On Friday, July 12th, Congressman Donald Norcross announced that Rowan University and Spreadsheet Lab Manual have been given grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling over $500,000.

The grants total $503,399 and will be used for STEM research. Norcross said in a statement that he wants South Jersey to continue innovating and thriving.

“These grants will help advance cutting-edge projects in South Jersey and help ensure students and teachers are ready for the demands of the 21st century economy,” Congressman Norcross, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor said. “As our hometown researchers work to find cures for diseases and our local teachers gain new tools for the classroom, South Jersey will be able to continue innovating and thriving.”

Rowan University will use $228,399 of the grant money to develop of a new chemical analysis technique at the College of Science and Mathematics and $50,000 will be used at the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering for research into the detection of skin diseases.

“The National Science Foundation funds research that has the potential to strongly impact science, engineering, medicine and other disciplines,” President of Rowan University, Dr. Ali Houshmand said in a statement. “NSF’s support reflects the value it places on the work our researchers are doing in areas that include health care, the environment and other important fields.”

The Spreadsheet Lab Manual in Blackwood will use $225,000 to develop new instructional materials for STEM teachers. The group helps teachers from all over the country to teach their students to build and study spreadsheet models for physics, chemistry, biology, and math.

“Our students and teachers need to be fully equipped with the tools they need to succeed,” said the Spreadsheet Lab Manual’s founder, Michael McConnell. “Research shows that high school students who learn to work with spreadsheets are better prepared for college and their future careers. Unfortunately, high quality resources and training are not commercially available for teachers to learn computational modeling on spreadsheets. This funding will ensure that teachers in New Jersey’s First District can access resources for this fundamental and necessary part of their students’ STEM education.”