African-American high school students work in Boston University physics lab

NSF Grant for Project Accelerate

Project Accelerate has just been awarded the NSF DUE Discovery Research K-12 grant, a STEM-education grant which will provide 3-years of funding totaling $450,000. The project’s Principle Investigators at BU are Mark Greenman and Andrew Duffy.

Project Accelerate, developed with the Incubator’s support, is a partnership program between Boston University’s Physics Department in the College of Arts & Sciences and participating high schools. The program brings Advanced Placement (AP) Physics to schools that otherwise would not offer it. The goal is to increase access to this gateway course for disadvantaged high school students who might not otherwise be able to consider pursuing college-level science.

As a result of the early success of Project Accelerate, many more schools are requesting to join the program. With funding from NSF, the program increased its numbers this year and is now working with West Virginia University to study the feasibility of replicating Project Accelerate in that state. There are now five BPS schools with 25 students, four other MA district schools with 28 students and one West Virginia school with five students participating in the 2nd year of Project Accelerate. With the help of the NSF grant, the Project Accelerate team hopes to add 250 students to their program, and 2 replication sites. Research fellow Mark Greenman stated that the team hopes to “develop the project into a national model reaching thousands of underserved and underrepresented young men and women.”

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