Czar Crofcheck to focus on outreach, workforce development for NSF grant

September 10, 2014 — Dr. Czarena Crofcheck, co-PI on the recently awarded $24 million NSF "new energy economy" grant, will serve as faculty lead for workforce development, education, diversity, and outreach. She will work closely with the science leads to provide connectivity between the research and education activities and to help guarantee that successful outcomes are achieved through NSF funding of KY EPSCoR. The combined grants total $24 million ($20 million from NSF and $4 million from Kentucky EPSCoR), and focus on three pillars: Advanced Membranes (B. Hinds), Chemical Biology (S. DeBolt), and Electrochemisty (Y.T. Cheng), with CAER's Dr. Rodney Andrews acting as director and PI. Dr. Crofcheck's work spans all three pillars, providing her with a unique opportunity to: develop partnerships with other organizations; connect groups with similar and/or supporting missions across the Commonwealth; and target student groups that are underrepresented in STEM through internships, research experiences, and workshops. “This is a very exciting opportunity for Kentucky to strengthen our economy by building infrastructure and expanding our education efforts in science and technology,” Crofcheck said. To learn more about this grant, visit UK Now.