Boston College Receives Grant to Work with Underserved Students

Congratulations to the Lynch School of Education at Boston College for being rewarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation! This grant will “engage low-income high school students in a science and emerging agricultural technology project, designed to guide them in conducting scientific research and prepare them for post-secondary scientific study.” This project, called the “Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers,” will involve 30 Boston public school students from populations that are underrepresented in science.

This project will help prepare students for post-secondary education and will give them the opportunity to fulfill future career aspirations. Lynch School Professor of Science Education, Michael Barnett, notes “This program will build on the capacity of our youth participants to make potential scientific discoveries, as well as develop youth leaders who will become role models in their community through mentorship.”

To read more about the grant received by Boston College, visit Boston College news.

Stonehill Lets High School Students Experience a Day in the Life

Stonehill College recently hosted kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton (BGCB) in order to give them a unique experience. BGCB seeks to “fire the imaginations of young men and women, exposing them to a range of educational and career opportunities while encouraging them to shoot for the moon.” As part of Stonehill’s recent college-access initiative, the two joined forces to provide new opportunities for high school students. Ten students from BGCB were chosen to spend the day immersed in Stonehill campus life and experiences. The students were able to attend an Admission session, learn about the application process, eat in the Dining Commons, and visit the library.

One of the main attractions of the day for the students was being able to attend a mock business class hosted by one of the business professors. This class “opened the eyes to the business person in each of the students, and let them explore case studies and enter into dialogue.” One student notes how this experience allowed him to see the independence one experiences in college and learn what is necessary to thrive.

To read more about Stonehill’s partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, visit Stonehill news.

CRS Seeks Research Consultant

Catholic Relief Services’ five year strategic plan features a goal of engaging 10 million Catholics in the United States by 2018.  Our college/university audience is a key segment of focus within this strategy.  While our CRS University outreach (http://university.crs.org/) offers an array of programs/resources to engage faculty, students and administrators, there continues to be an expressed desire for a deeper, first-hand encounter with our overseas work. CRS would like to be able to respond to these multiple requests, but only if the encounter with overseas work leads to concrete results that support and are in alignment with the overall CRS strategy.

CRS proposes to examine the feasibility of this concept with the intent to develop a model of a short-term, outcomes-intensive international field study/immersion program for the academic audience we serve.  The program will be designed with faculty participants in mind; however it should also be designed with some flexibility so that the model could be used for other university participants, such as staff, administration, and select students.

To accomplish this, CRS seeks a highly qualified and experienced consultant who can conduct this research, design a proposed program for a potential Solidarity Bootcamp Initiative (SBI/A), participate in the pilot immersion experience to test and refine the proposal, and revise the proposal accordingly.

The primary outputs from this consultancy would be:

  •  A proposed design of a recommended program model that would provide a cost-benefit analysis to CRS agency leadership and examine the capacity, resources, and staffing  required to support this program.
  • A summer 2015 pilot immersion experience based on the proposed program model for the consultant and selected academics to an overseas CRS program-site (likely Ghana, West Africa).

Please share this Scope of Work with those you think might have an interest and ability to might be a good fit for this temporary contract position. Click here for more information.

Please direct candidates to send a statement of interest and their resume or CV to louis.charest@crs.org by December 1st, 2014.