ASSIST grant extended; applicants being sought 

February 10, 2011

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University ASSIST grant that was renewed two years ago has been extended for a third year with increased funding.

ASSIST – the Academic Summer Science Institute for Secondary Teachers – is a program that began at Wayland in 1985 to assist school teachers with their science and math skills. The program is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is designed for teachers who are working toward a master’s degree in math or science.

Originally developed by Dr. J. Hoyt Bowers and Dr. Gerald Thompson, now professors emeritus, Wayland’s School of Math and Sciences has continued to receive grants to fund the program for the past 25 years, longer than any other university in Texas. Two years ago, Dr. Elise Adamson and Dr. Tim Walsh took over administration of Wayland’s program and received a two-year grant worth $220,000 to fund the program. This year, WBU received word that the grant was extended for a third year, and funding for this year’s teaching and research has been increased by nearly 20 percent. Walsh said it’s his understanding that the grant was increased when other participating schools failed to re-apply for the program.

Walsh said teachers currently in the program can continue for a third year. Classes meet one weekend per month during the academic year and three weekends during the summer. The grant provides equipment for teachers in the program. This summer’s emphasis will be on physics, and participants will receive technological equipment similar to hand-held computer devices that will allow them to communicate with the physics lab equipment, download the information, then use it in their own classrooms as a display device.

Walsh said Wayland is also taking new applicants for the program and any teacher interested may contact the School of Math and Sciences at 806-291-1115.