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Apply to the Symbi Program

*Deadline for applications is December 11, 2015. Application can be found here.

Application Requirements to be a Symbi GK-12 Fellow:

  • Ph.D. Candidate or Masters degree graduate student in a field of study relating to science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Ability to work independently and with diverse groups of people
  • Sincere interest in working with young people to inspire and engage them in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Program commitment from 8/2015-5/2016
  • Ability to attend summer workshop during August 2016 - dates to be determined


  • A $2,500 incentive provided to each student
  • The funding options are as follows:
    • The student has a RA postion and Symbi will compensate the deparment or PI for the time the student spends in the classroom
    • The student has a 1/4 TA position and Symbi will compensate with an additional 1/4 TA position

Benefits for Symbi GK-12 Fellows:

  • Valuable teaching experiences
  • Pedagogical training at ISU
  • Professional relationship building with ISU faculty and middle school teachers
  • First-hand observation of the challenges facing K-12 educators and students today
  • Rewarding instructional opportunities in the context of relevant, real-world research problems
  • Opportunities to enhance communication skills with layman audience

Apply to be a Symbi GK-12 Fellow:

  • Before you complete the online application, be sure to have the following items ready:
    • 1) Up to a two-page essay explaining your interest in becoming a Symbi GK-12 Fellow and how you expect the experience to impact your future career. This statement should provide the reviewers with a portrait of who you are as a scientist. How do you anticipate sharing your scientific knowledge with the greater community especially middle school students? Please provide a brief teaching philosophy, and why you wish to participate in this program. What is your approach to fostering interest and ability in science among young people? What are your goals as a scientist and teacher? How will this program help you reach your goals? What do you have to offer? Email to symbi@iastate.edu
  • Complete an online application form.
  • Two* letters of recommendation sent to symbi@iastate.edu.
    *One of these letters must be from your major professor who must state his or her support for your participation and understanding of the time requirements.
  • Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation to the selection committee regarding how you will support learning in a middle or high school classroom.

Deadline for applications is 11/29/2015

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