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Grants & Awards

Funded Grant Projects

  • 2000-2006: PI, NSF Information Technology Grant ITR #0085921, Investigation of a Model for Online Creation and Sharing in Educational Settings
  • 2001-2003: PI, Research Experience for Teachers (Supplement to NSF-ITR 0085921)
  • 2001: PI, NSF Supplement National SMETE Digital Library with UC Berkeley
  • 2002: Co-PI, NSF PGE/RES/PLN #0225215. How does Technology Affect Gender Equity in Science Education? A Retrospective and Prospective Study
  • 2003-2009: Co-PI, NSF DUE #0243126. Diagnostic Question Clusters: Development and Testing in Introductory Geology and Biology
  • 2004: PI, Concord Consortium, Ready to Teach
  • 2007-2010: Co-PI, ELAN III, State of Lower Saxony, Germany, eÜbungen
  • 2007-2011: Co-PI, NSF DUE #0717790. Collaborative Research: Community development of an expanded Geoscience Concept Inventory: A webcenter for question generation, validation and online testing
  • 2013: Lehren Project, with Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
  • 2017: PI, American Physical Society, Physics Education Games: From Proof-of-Concept to Publication
  • 2018: Collaborator, ETH Zurich, Mixed-Reality Visualization of Scalar and Vector Fields


  • Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 1988-1994
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 1998
  • LON-CAPA: ComputerWorld 21st Century Achievement Award, Winner, Education & Academia Category, 2003
  • LON-CAPA: Sloan-C, Most Outstanding Effective Practice Award, 2004
  • Teacher Scholar Award, Michigan State University, 2008
  • LON-CAPA/ELAN III/eÜbungen: European eLearning Award, Finalist, 2009
  • Lyman Briggs College Graduating Class Honorary Faculty Certificate, 2010
  • Lower Saxony, campusemerge award for excellent use of multimedia in postsecondary education (with Riegler group, Ostfalia University, project vitaMIN(T)), 2011
  • American Physical Society, Outstanding Referee Award, 2012
  • A Slower Speed of Light: Best Game - Student Category, Serious Games Showcase, I/ITSEC, 2013
  • Einstein's Playground: Finalist, Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, 2016