The educational component has two main thrusts.
One concerns Purdue Project SEED (http://www.
purdueprojectseed.org). Hosted by the American
Chemical Society, Project SEED allows high school
students from economically disadvantaged families
with interests in chemistry to take a summer internship
program at Purdue. Boudouris will work with Kerrie
Douglas, a visiting assistant professor of engineering
education, to assess where Project SEED students go
after they leave the program.
“Do they pursue STEM-related degrees? Do they go to
college? Do they go into the technical workforce? We
want to answer these types of questions definitively,”
The second educational component is to develop a
massive open online course (MOOC) dedicated to
the polymer science behind optoelectronic active
materials. The goal is to attract a larger number of
students from diverse backgrounds from across the
globe in order to increase the diversity of future classes
of scientists and engineers and to communicate
information to a worldwide audience.
“We are hoping we get over 10,000 students to enroll
in the MOOC in order to continue to expand Purdue
University’s digital educational footprint,” Boudouris said.
Boudouris' CAREER award project started March 1,
2016, and will end February 28, 2021. The total grant
award is $504,000.
The NSF CAREER Award is a Foundation-wide activity
that offers the National Science Foundation's most
prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who
exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through
outstanding research, excellent education and the
integration of education and research within the
context of the mission of their organizations.
Dr. Boudouris has had a banner year. He was one
of the first at Purdue to lead an edX course and he
was selected for the APS UK Polymer Physics Group
Lectureship in addition to receiving his NSF Award.
He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure,
effective August 2016.
Did you know?
Bryan Boudouris, (right) Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Kendra Erk, Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering,
in the new Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Lab established at the Bindley Bioscience Center.