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2020 Catalyst Grant Winners Announced

RALEIGH, N.C. — Six 2020 Catalyst Grants were awarded this week by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the NC State College of Education. The purpose of the Catalyst Grant program is to increase research collaborations between faculty and staff at both entities. 

“A primary objective of this program is to seed collaborative, potentially high-impact research that will lead to further inquiry and support from external granting agencies,” Friday Institute Executive Director Hiller Spires, Ph.D., said. 

The grant review team included faculty members Eric Wiebe, Ph.D., Dennis Davis, Ph.D, and Jamie Pearson, Ph.D. 

See below for a list of winning proposals and researchers.

Multimodal AI Literacy: Supporting the Learning of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Through Multimodal Narrative Creation

Shiyan Jiang, Ph.D., and Bita Akram (Friday Institute)

Digital Durham Program Evaluation: Working Towards a Strategic Plan 

Erin Huggins (Friday Institute) and Laura B. Fogle 

Foundations of Media Literacy MOOC-Ed: Providing Professional Learning in the Era of Fake News and Mis-information

Meghan Manfra, Ph.D., and Alex Dreier (Friday Institute)

Refining Survey Tools’ Content, Theory and Presentation

Sara Weiss, Ph.D., (Friday Institute) and Paul Umbach, Ph.D.

A Sense of Awe: A Tool for Enhancing Science Instruction

Gail Jones, Ph.D., (Friday Institute), Sarah Carrier, Ph.D., Cesar Delgado, Ph.D., LaTricia Townsend, Ed.D., (Friday Institute) and Jill Grifenhagen, Ph.D.

Amplifying Youth Voices in University-Community Partnerships: Write. Engage. Lead.

Crystal Lee, Ed.D., and Jose Picart, Ph.D. (Friday Institute)