Titus Announces $251,375 NSF Grant for UNLV Research

Sep 1, 2016
Press Release

September 1, 2016
Contact: Kyle Roerink
Phone: 202-657-3219

Las Vegas—Today Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District announced that the University of Nevada Las Vegas will receive a $251,375 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant as part of a program to investigate middle school mathematics curriculum. UNLV Associate Professor Dr. Travis Olson will collaborate with researchers from Brigham Young University, the University of Arkansas, and Grand Valley State University in what amounts to a $1,090,283 project funded by the NSF.

The three-year grant will help researchers learn more about how middle school math teachers prepare their lesson plans by interviewing and collecting data from eighth grade math teachers in four states. The study is part of a greater effort by the NSF to emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research. 

“The NSF funds fewer than a quarter of grant proposals like this one submitted each year,” Rep. Titus said. “I am proud that UNLV and Dr. Olson will play a significant role in helping to determine how teachers can best prepare their curriculum and what students understand about math in and out of the classroom. STEM education is vital to the development of our future leaders and helps pave the way to college degrees and good careers. The more we know about how students learn in STEM fields, the better we can prepare them to innovate in Nevada and compete in the global marketplace.”