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Project RE-SEED: Organizational Information and Contacts and Chronology

RE-SEED is a program developed at and directed from Northeastern University. It was founded with a grant from the National Science Foundation, by three co-principal investigators (Pis):

  • Dr. Christos Zahopoulos, Principal Scientist at the Center for Electromagnetics Research (CER), Northeastern University, is the Director of SEED and RE-SEED. He is responsible for all the daily operations of the programs, the facilitation of all the SEED and RE-SEED workshops, and the quality of the program as it expands. He and professor Dr. Alan Cromer (see below) wrote the Project SEED Sourcebook of Demonstrations, Activities, and Experiments and developed and facilitated all the SEED, RE-SEED, and leadership training workshops. Zahopoulos and Cromer also developed and presented 17 hour-long, live, interactive SEED telecasts that are now available to the SEED and RE-SEED participants and schools where they volunteer.
  • Dr. Alan Cromer, Professor of Physics, Northeastern University. He and Christos Zahopoulos have been involved in all the joint activities related to SEED and RE-SEED (see above).
  • Dr. Michael Silevitch, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, is the Director of CER and of CESAME (Center for the Enhancement of Science and Mathematics Education), and a co-PI on the Massachusetts Statewide Systemic Initiative, Project PALMS.

Supporting the PIs are

  • Deirdre Murphy, the coordinator of SEED and RE-SEED, who is in charge of all administrative aspects of both programs, including the recruitment of qualified retirees and their placement in classrooms.
  • Dr. Kit Juniewicz, the RE-SEED field coordinator, secures training sites and recruits and places qualified retirees in classrooms.

A number of SRAs help with fundraising and recruiting without financial compensation.

Funding. The training of retirees to be SRAs was initially funded by a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The Leadership Training Program has been funded by the Noyce Foundation with annual grants since 1993 totaling $470,000. Currently, the program is supported by grants from the Noyce Foundation and the IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Life Members and by contributions from local businesses and participating schools.

Contacts.For further information, contact

Ms. Deirdre Murphy
RE-SEED Coordinator
Northeastern University
716 Columbus Avenue
Suite 378
Boston, MA 02120

Phone: 617-373-8388

FAX: 617-373-8496


Project RE-SEED Chronology

1989. Project SEED starts as a pilot program, supported by a $30,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Workshops are given to selected teachers.

1990. Project SEED receives a $328,000 grant from the NSF for two years to train inservice middle-school science teachers in the greater Boston area.

1991. Project RE-SEED starts as a pilot program under a $28,000 grant from NSF. It trains its first six SRAs and places them in classrooms.

1992. Projects SEED and RE-SEED receive an $885,000 four-year grant from NSF (a) to continue training middle-school science teachers and SRAs in the greater Boston area and (b) to train Teacher Leaders who in turn will offer after-school workshops to their colleagues.

1993. Project RE-SEED establishes a Leadership Training Program with the support of a $100,000 grant from the Noyce Foundation. It trains 16 SRA leaders and establishes seven SRA training sites in Massachusetts and Maine. RE-SEED leaders, working in groups of two or three, train about 50 new SRAs.

1994. The Noyce Foundation renews its support with $140,000 grant. A cadre of 19 new RE-SEED leaders is trained. A total of 14 sites are established in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, and about 80 SRAs are trained.

1995. RE-SEED receives a $100,000 continuation grant from the Noyce Foundation to sustain and expand its training sites. More SRAs are trained. SEED is selected to be a Summer Content Institute for the Massachusetts Statewide Systemic Initiative and receives a $50,000 grant of government funds dispensed by the state.

1996. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Life Members Committee votes unanimously to award RE-SEED a $30,000 grant to be used toward its national expansion. The Noyce Foundation awards a $40,000 grant to RE-SEED. SEED is again selected to be a Summer Content Institute for the Massachusetts Statewide Systemic Initiative and receives a $42,000 grant.

1997. Regional RE-SEED Centers are established in Atlanta, Georgia, and Portland, Oregon, with on-site training starting in May and June, respectively. RE-SEED also initiates establishment of Regional Centers in Denver, Colorado, and Stockholm, Sweden.

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