Educational Communication and Technology

Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology

ECT Student Selected for the NSF Nordic Research Opportunity

Gabriela Richards, a third-year ECT doctoral student, has been selected to participate this summer in the Nordic Research Opportunity, a new National Science Foundation (NSF) program for NSF's Graduate Research Fellows. It is a pilot program developed and conducted collaboratively by the NSF, the Research Council of Norway, and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

"The Division of Graduate Education and the Office of International Science and Engineering announce a new international research opportunity, available as a Supplemental Award, for NSF Graduate Research Fellows (GRFs), to enable Fellows to gain international research experience and establish collaborations with counterparts at Norwegian or Finnish research institutions.”The competitive NSF awards were based on the merit of proposals submitted.  Subsequently, the NSF and its partner foreign agencies placed research fellows with participating Finnish and Norwegian labs based on merit in the collaboration. The awards consist of relocation expenses and a monthly stipend from the Finnish funding agency.

Gabriela will be one of 15 individuals embarking on this first internationally sponsored research collaboration through the GRFP. She will be working with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT).  Her research focus there will be digital content communities and ubiquitous interaction,which will compliment her current research on tangible technologies in education.