Education Outreach Grants

Engaged Scholarship Grants

The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education announces the availability of funding to support pilot initiatives that establish or enhance UW-Whitewater relationships with community partners in Southeastern Wisconsin for the purpose of addressing critical regional needs.

Engaged Scholarship Pilot Program RFP
Engaged Scholarship Pilot Program Application Form

Funded Project Summaries

2018 Projects

Project Title: Death, Recovery or Prison (DROP) Program Evaluation

Counselor Education Program - Professor Carrie Merino and Officer Chad Woodman

This project will create a partnership between UW-Whitewater's Masters in Counseling graduate program and the DROP program that was created by the Janesville Police Department (JPD).  Officer Chad Woodman of the JPD is currently in charge of the program.  Students will assist collecting, evaluating, and publishing data regarding the effectiveness of the program to lower rates of recidivism.  In all stages of the process, students will build clinical and scholarly skills in an applied format.

Project Title: Risk Assessment of Groundwater Contamination in Walworth County, WI

Geography, Geology, and Env. Science - Professor Rocio Duchesne - Onoro

This program is an ongoing collaboration between the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services (WCDHHS) and UW-Whitewater.  Two non-traditional students enrolled in advanced GIS will be recruited to carry out a water testing campaign and disseminate findings.  The students will gain experience in applying water sampling techniques, planning and executing the field campaign, and utilizing laboratory techniques in a real-world setting.

Project Title: MSW Students to Address the Social Needs of Patients at Rock River Free Clinic

Department of Social Work - Jeannine Rowe and Katherine Dreschler

The project will create a partnership between UW-Whitewater and the Rock River Free Clinic (RRFC) to address the unmet social needs of the patient.  Students will learn and practice the Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMS) at RRFC to gain internship experience.   Patients will benefit from having unmet social needs addressed.

Project Title: Enhancing STEM Instruction at Watertown's Lincoln Elementary

Chemistry/Science Outreach - Professor Jessica Bonjour

This project is based on a newly developed partnership between Watertown School District and UW-Whitewater Science Outreach. The partnership will provide professional development opportunities for the new elementary STEM school teachers in the area of inquiry based learning. This project will provide an important investment in curricular opportunities that connect young learners to their community and will serve as a long-range investment in Watertown’s economic and cultural future.


2017 Projects

Project Title: ELL Students on Campus and in the Community: Inclusion and Empowerment through Identity Poem Writing and Posters

Languages and Literatures; English Language Academy - Rossitza Ivanova; Anjie Kokan

This service learning project will connect UW-Whitewater international students with Washington Elementary students. UW-Whitewater students will share their cultures through writing “Where I’m From” poems and posters, and then help elementary students create and share theirs in class and in the community through an exhibit and a celebration. The goals are to empower both ELL groups, and to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our community.

Project Title: Applying the Wisconsin idea in healthcare: Understanding the social safety-net in Wisconsin

Departments of Marketing & Economics: Dr. Maxwell Hsu and Dr. Matthew Winden

This research study is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Marketing and Economics. UW-Whitewater will work collaboratively with the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (WAFCC). The goals are to identify free and charitable clinic profiles and to estimate the economic impact these free and charitable clinics have on the Wisconsin economy. Up to three UW-Whitewater graduate students will participate in the hands on learning and research opportunity.

Project Title: Men's Health Initiative

Department of Marketing: Professor John DeGraff

UW-Whitewater has partnered with a number of public and private groups to start a digital media campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma for men's preventative health screenings. Three goals of the project are to create an engaging mobile-friendly website, a compelling social media campaign, and an event to help deliver the campaign message. UW-Whitewater students will obtain experience in planning and developing the website, as well as creating a moblie version of the site.

Project Title: Reaching the Underserved in Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha Counties: Creation and Dissemination of the "Where to Find" Free Services Directory

Department of Communication: Dr. Kate Ksobiech

UW-Whitewater student Jordan Teske-Harrison will work with the Rock River Free Clinic and Community Action Coalition (CAC) to create a Spanish translation of a directory the provides contact information for Jefferson County food pantry, housing, legal aid, and medical assistance. Another goal will be to assess the impact of the translated directory on generating inquiries for assistance from the region's Hispanic population. Given the many services CAC provides, fostering a strong relationship with this agency will greatly benefit the UW-Whitewater community by creating new collaborative opportunities.


2016 Projects

Dr. Matthew Winden  (Economics) is partnering with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Vegetal i.D., and UW-Whitewater to study the value of using green roofs to reduce stormwater runoff and reduce urban heat island effects. They will survey Milwaukee County residents to determine the value of the public benefits that green roofs provide, and will use this information to protect natural habitats and improve the water quality in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Dr. Leda Nath (Sociology) is working with Dr. Yeongmin Kim (Social Work) and two underrepresented UW-Whitewater students to serve the Community Action Coalition of Dane County by assisting in the analysis of recently collected needs assessment data and quantitative data, and reporting and presenting the findings to the CAC Non-Profit Board. CAC will use this information to make strategic changes to better serve the community.

Dr. Eric Compas and Dr. Anna Coutier (Geography and Geology) are collaborating with the Rock River Coalition, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the UW-Extension, and Rock River Trail initiative increase awareness of water quality and the impacts of local decisions on water quality. Teams of UWW students and RRC volunteers will paddle a kayak mounted with water quality monitoring probes to reveal water quality issues, invite the local community to participate, and bring together experts from the state, local government, and university to explore water issues.

Dr. Jonah Ralston (Political Science) will work with Nate Kelty, an undergraduate political science major, and a graduate of Fort Atkinson High School to address a concern about the significant attrition rate of student participation in that district’s free and reduced-price lunch program as students transition from middle to high school. They will collect and analyze the Fort High School’ program participation data and use current literature to determine potential causes of the participation drop-off and explore solutions to these problems.


Education Outreach Grants

The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education provides funding for Education Outreach Grants. We encourage projects led by UW-Whitewater faculty or staff members which can demonstrate a potential to improve PK-12 student learning, teacher education, the professional development of educators and/or administrators, and the performance of schools throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Projects that establish or build upon previously developed partnerships/collaborations with area schools, school districts, or foster mutually beneficial relationships between UW-Whitewater and the Cooperative Educational Service Agency #2 are desirable.

2015 Projects

Counselor Education Program – Jennifer Betters-Bubon
Amount: $33,000

This project will create a mutually beneficial partnership between UW-Whitewater and the School District of Beloit to create and sustain collaborative relationships between pre-service counselor students and practicing counselors. The students will assist the overextended school counselors by helping support the social, emotional, and academic development of Beloit students and providing direct intervention services.


Inquiry-Based Learning and Professional Development- Matthew Vick
Amount: $45,000

This project expands the already established educational partnership between UW-Whitewater and the Mukwonago area school district by helping Rolling Hills implement the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards focus on building student knowledge and experience by presenting students with questions and problems instead of just information, challenging them to think critically and improving student achievement. The program will also benefit participating teachers by giving them the opportunity for professional development.


2014 Projects

Project Title: Linking to LINCS: A Model for Co-Created Professional Development Based on Next Generation Learning Models

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth King (Educational Foundations) and Yan (Katrina) Liu (Curriculum and Instruction)
Amount: $40,155
This project builds a collaborative and mutually beneficial partnership with Lincoln Inquiry Charter School (LINCS) for the purpose of redesigning LINCS’ curricular process to focus on student personalized learning as the primary curricular delivery method. The goal of this initiative is to improve student performance through continuous individualized learning at both the student and teacher level.


Project Title: The Whitewater Community Literacy Center – First Steps

Principal Investigator: Candace Head-Dylla (Curriculum and Instruction) and Kelly Seichter (Whitewater Unified School District)
Amount: $44,082
Through the collaborative efforts UW-Whitewater, the Whitewater Unified School District, and area businesses, this project seeks to develop a literacy center to increase early learners’ pre-reading skills as well as the literacy skills of adults, targeting family and individuals who are Hispanic and/or economically disadvantaged in the district.  The project also seeks to involve UWW pre-service teachers by offering  opportunities for real-world application of their craft.

2013 Projects

Project Title: Two-way Professional Development: Improving Teacher Preparation, Professional Development, and College Access through Partnership

Principal Investigator: Julie Minikel-Lacocque (Curriculum & Instruction)
Amount: $7,500
The purpose of this project is to form a mutually-beneficial, sustainable relationship between UW-Whitewater’s Bilingual Teacher Education Program and Nuestro Mundo, an established Dial-Language Immersion (DLI) school in Madison, WI in which will focus on providing a campus visit and orientation for Nuestro Mundo student, their families and teachers.

Project Title: Supporting the Language and Literacy Development of English Language Learners and At-Risk Children in Head Start Programs through an Expanded University/Community Partnership

Principal Investigator: Guiliana Miolo (Communicative Sciences & Disorders)
Amount: $20,837
The purpose of this project will be to improve the learning of diverse students enrolled in Rock/Walworth Counties Head Start (RWHS) programs and to support the implementation of their Dual Language Learner Plan. The project will focus on: collaborating with RWHS staff to support the language and literacy needs of children and to identify and implement those practices most likely to product long-term positive outcomes in culturally competent ways

Project Title: Bridging the Inter-generational Gap (Project B.I.G.G.)

Principal Investigator: Brooke Winchell (Special Education)
Amount: $15,000
The purpose of this project is to bring the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Children’s Center (UWW-CC) and Fairhaven Senior Center (FSC) together to promote intergenerational programming. The project proposes to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of intergenerational activities on the engagement and well-being of young children and older adults

Project Title: Stepping up to College-level Research for High School Students and their Teachers

Principal Investigator: Ellen Latorraca (Andersen Library)
Amount: $6,900
The purpose of this project is to increase the awareness and use of UWW Andersen Library and the Area Research Center as a resource for area educators, focusing specifically on history-related resources and the information literacy skills requires for their use. The project will provide area teachers a hands-on introduction to the multiple print sources, digital sources, and artifacts available to them and to their students when they come to Andersen Library and the UW-Whitewater Area Research Center for research.

Project Title: Supporting Dual Language Programs in Southeastern Wisconsin

Principal Investigator: Melanie Schneider (Curriculum & Instruction)
Amount: $11,000
The purpose of this project is to support the first-year implementation of dual language immersion in the School District of Beloit and to share practical knowledge about dual language programs with preservice and inservice teachers enrolled in licensure programs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Project Title: Building a Sustainable Network to Cultivate the Use of Technology in High School Biology Classrooms in Southeast Wisconsin

Principal Investigator: Robert Kuzoff (Biological Sciences)
Amount: $19,515
The purpose of this project is to provide ongoing training in the use of technology in area high school biology classrooms, especially in the form of hands-on, computer-based biology educators. The Quantitative and Computational Biology Working Group (QCBWG) proposes expansion and formalization of an existing network of faculty, staff, and students and area high school biology teachers to promote efficient, reciprocal transfer of knowledge between on and off campus educators in Southeastern Wisconsin.

2012 Projects

Project Title: Building on a Foundation of Outreach: Establishing a Center for Gifted Education

Principal Investigator: Scott Peters (Educational Foundations) and Pamela Clinkenbeard (Educational Foundations)
Amount: $44,909
The purpose of the project is to establish a virtual center for gifted education that will house teaching, research, and service activities related to gifted and talented students.

Project Title: RIBBIT – Reaching Interests Beyond Boundaries Inquiry Trips

Principal Investigator: Bruce Eshelman (Biological Sciences
Amount: $20,068
The purpose of the project is to provide students with increased experience with asking and answering scientific questions—augmenting science literacy, facilitating conservation, and providing an increased knowledge of amphibians. Through the project, UW-Whitewater volunteers and Whitewater Unified School District students and staff will work to identify local frog species by call and report their findings.

Project Title: Building Leadership Capacity for Common Core State Standards-Mathematics Implementation Among a Cadre of CESA #2 Area Educators

Principal Investigator: Virginia Pease (Curriculum & Instruction), John Zbikowski (Curriculum & Instruction), and Richard Mason (Curriculum & Instruction)
Amount: $44,645
The purpose of the project is to create a model for implementing the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) by building leadership capacity and mathematical understanding in local educators that will transfer to their school districts, as well as to surrounding school districts.

2011 Projects

Project Title: Developing and Nurturing Academic Talent PK-12: A Catalyst and a Cadre

Principal Investigator: Pamela Clinkenbeard (Educational Foundations) and Scott Peters (Educational Foundations)
Amount: $29,250
The purpose of this project is to build on established relationships with CESA #2 and area school districts to provide professional development for teachers in the area of “challenging advanced learners.” Collaborative planning and development activities and meetings during the academic year would culminate in a summer intensive professional development event that will focus on strategies for meeting the needs of academically gifted and talented students, and for developing the gifts and talents of diverse students, in the context of major education initiatives.

Project Title: Computational and Quantitative Biology Outreach to Southeastern Wisconsin

Principal Investigator: Robert Kuzoff (Biological Sciences)
Amount: $14,457
To address the urgent, unmet need in biology education for more extensive and effective training in computational and quantitative skills the UW-Whitewater Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB) Working Group proposes to take a multifaceted approach to increasing the quantitative and computational content in biology education at the high school and college levels in southeastern Wisconsin.