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NSF INCLUDES: Redefining Potential - the Upstate NY Design and Development Pilot for Diverse Student Populations

October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018 | Informal/Formal Connections
The INCLUDES project will build on the Leveraging and Integrating New Knowledge in STEMS (LINKS) framework that was developed at the University of Rochester to target students participating in Upward Bound programs at four institutions that will comprise the Upstate NY Alliance: Cornell University, D'Youville College, Monroe Community College, and the University of Rochester. The project will increase curricular and experiential learning offerings to underserved students by integrating faculty and graduate students into Upward Bound programs. Applying the LINKS framework, educators will learn and develop new means for managing classroom diversity, including ethnicity, language, age, educational background, and other cultural markers that shape the way students learn. The team will develop and disseminate best practices on creating inclusive teaching and research environments. The Upstate NY Alliance will produce a proof of concept model for national scale-up with measurable outcomes for varying populations of at-risk high school students. The Alliance will strive to translate and further develop the LINKS framework within the context of each of the varied institutional environments, resulting in a more robust model that draws from the strengths of all of the schools with a core focus and range of applications. The project will create a diverse collegial community dedicated to bridging the gap between P-12 and higher education learning environments. It also will implement a clearly-articulated and successful collaboration among the four institutions that will provide multiple opportunities to share best practices, engage in cross-institution dialog, and leverage each member's strengths to enhance and further develop the LINKS framework.


Funding Program: NSF INCLUDES
Award Number: 1649228
Funding Amount: $300,000.00


  • Beth Olivares
    Principal Investigator
    University of Rochester
  • Laurel Sanger
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Jason Adsit
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Kathryn Dimiduk
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Wendi Heinzelman
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Discipline: General STEM
    Audience: Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Undergraduate/Graduate Students | Educators/Teachers
    Environment Type: Informal/Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Higher Education Programs
    Access and Inclusion: Ethnic/Racial | English Language Learners | Low Socioeconomic Status

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