The Initiating New Science Partnerships in Rural Education (INSPIRE) project between Mississippi State University and three rural school districts in North-Central Mississippi focuses on technology-supported, inquiry-based learning in the Earth and Space sciences for 7th-12th grade classrooms. The interdisciplinary project includes 50 research fellows from three STEM disciplines (Geosciences, Physics, and Engineering) where they will be partnered with a teacher.

The project focuses on five essential goals: 1) enhance fellows’ communication, teaching, and team-building skills; 2) develop and implement technology-supported, inquiry-based instructional materials that infuse fellows’ STEM research; 3) increase K-12 science teachers’ content knowledge and technological skills; 4) build partnerships between K-12 school districts and university STEM disciplines that serve to support K-12 students’ pursuit of higher education and STEM-related careers; 5) provide international research experiences for fellows and teachers where they receive training across geographic borders.


Schools participating in GK 12 Inspire:

  • Columbus School District
  • Missisissippi School for Math & Science
  • Starkville School District

Departments hosting fellows include:
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Graduate Fellows research areas:
  • Inorganic & Organic Chemistry
  • Artificial Intelligence & Signal Processing
  • Geographic Infomation Systems
  • Biogeography, Hydrogeology, Geology
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics