MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New BLOSSOMS Research Initiative Looks at STEM Education

November 12, 2010

The BLOSSOMS team is pleased to announce the first major “R&D” project in support of BLOSSOMS. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded MIT and its Ohio State partner a major research grant focused on modeling the scientific workforce. This grant focuses especially on the pipeline of students in the k-12 and k-16 educational systems, attempting to understand and then to mathematically model system features that cause students to remain in or to drop out from the STEM pipeline. (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) The Principal Investigator (PI) of this grant is Dr. Kathy Sullivan, three-time astronaut and the first woman to walk in space. Professor Larson serves as Co-PI. In addition to providing useful general policy information, this grant will direct us in ways to create new meaningful BLOSSOMS modules.