About STROBE Education Efforts

STROBE develops, implements, assesses and disseminates new educational programs, innovative instructional materials, and models for other programs that inspire and prepare a diverse group of students to be innovative and globally competitive in imaging science and technology. STROBE creates unique learning approaches and experiences in imaging science through three core and integrated programmatic approaches that focus on transforming graduate programs, pathways for those under-represented in our fields, and efforts in communication and engaging the public. Because we take a scholarly approach and employ evidence-based practices – where programs are designed, implemented, assessed, optimized and disseminated­ – we will, in the course of the STC, also conduct essential research in learning sciences as well as foundational  studies on how to engage in systemic and sustained change.

Graduate Education Educational Pathways Enhanced Communication Modeling Learning & Transformation
A signature effort of the NSF STROBE is to create a 21st century graduate program in imaging science.  This new model of graduate education prepares students for the world they enter; Ph.D. graduates will be prepared with expertise in imaging science, along with skills and awareness in management, communication, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This program links to STROBE science through research and industry internships, while simultaneously linking the graduate students to advancing educational systems overall: supporting pathways and communication approaches; we even anticipate a few grads advancing educational research. In parallel, our core commitment to broadening participation of and pathways for women and under-represented minorities in imaging science strengthens and broadens our graduate program. Through the creation of structural pathways and robust institutional partnerships, STROBE increases the number of women, 1st generation university students, and under-represented minorities in these fields.  The STROBE approach seeks to: literally meet students where they are and engage them in high impact practices such as early mentoring, cohorts, and research opportunities.  We support the development of undergraduates who understand the connection between different areas of science and engineering and the relation between these fields and industry. These efforts are linked to our graduate program by placing undergrad interns with graduate students, and building on graduate-led mentoring programs. In parallel, this effort links to community and communication efforts through the engagement of undergraduates in public-based educational opportunities. A goal for STROBE is that all members of STROBE will be ambassadors for imaging science. To this end, we enhance the capacities of all members around communication in science, technology, outreach to K-12 and to the public, to policy stewards, mentoring, and professional development.  In parallel, we develop tools that facilitate enhanced communication. Similarly we engage in research-based development of tools for communication, particularly visualizations of STROBE activities. All work we conduct is scholarly– taking evidence- and research-based approaches to how students are engaging and learning. At the same time, even as we know what to do to engage and educate, it is increasingly recognized that such programs are rarely sustained and scaled; a known reason is that projects often do not take a systemic view and do not have or deploy adequate models for transformation, sustaining and scaling programs. Through studies of how we sustain and scale STROBE education innovations, we will develop such models that will be transferable to all STCs and all programs invested in systemic reform.