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Research Projects

The College of Education’s projects support our mission to be a voice of innovation for learning across the lifespan. While research topics are wide-ranging, most focus on educational innovation and 21st century teaching and learning. Faculty collaborate across campus, the nation and globally to advance education through interdisciplinary projects.

Our sponsors include the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Aerospace/NASA, US Department of Education, NC Department of Public Instruction, GoldenLEAF Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome and Qualcomm.


Title: ESF-REM: Light The Way

Project Team: PI- Patricia Hilliard  Jaclyn Bell 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $40,000


Title: NC Virtual Computer Science Summit

Project Team: PI- Samual Morris 

Sponsor: University of Texas Austin

Project Total: $16,336


Title: The Young Adult Colloquium: Come YAC with the PACK!

Project Team: PI-The Young Adult Colloquium: Come YAC with the PACK! 

Sponsor: NC Humanities Council

Project Total: $3,500




Title: Healthy and Connected Workforce initiative: ARC Power Implementation Grant

Project Team: PI-Healthy and Connected Workforce initiative: ARC Power Implementation Grant  Erin Huggins 

Sponsor: NC Department of Information Technology Services

Project Total: $60,000



Title: SCALE-VR: Scale Cognition through Advanced Learning Environments in Virtual Reality

Project Team: PI- Karen Chen (College of Engineering)  Co-PI-SCALE-VR: Scale Cognition through Advanced Learning Environments in Virtual Reality  Matther Peterson (College of Design) 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $1,342,683






Title: NC ACCESS Charter School Program Evalaution

Project Team: PI-NC ACCESS Charter School Program Evalaution  Erin Huggins 

Project Total: $123,413


Title: Next Steps in Interfaith Innovations: Introducing the Welcoming Worldview Index

Project Team: PI-Next Steps in Interfaith Innovations: Introducing the Welcoming Worldview Index 

Sponsor: Ohio State University/Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

Project Total: $85,448



Title: Digital Learning Object Pilot

Project Team:

Sponsor: Grant Thornton, LLC/Institute of Education Sciences

Project Total: $456,000



Title: Coaching Support for Remote Learning

Project Team: PI- Patricia Hilliard 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $59,856



Title: NNCI: North Carolina Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)

Project Team: PI- Jacob Jones (Eng)  David Berube (Communication)  Ayman Hawari (Eng)  NNCI: North Carolina Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $5,500,000


Title: Enhancing Undergraduate Learning About Biomechanics and Data Science Through Augmented Reality and Self-motion Data

Project Team: PI- Xu Xu (Eng)  Xiaolei Fang (Eng)  Karen Chen (Eng)  Tianfu Wu (Eng) 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $600,000


Title: EAA AeroEducate Activity Development Proposal

Project Team: PI-EAA AeroEducate Activity Development Proposal 

Sponsor: Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

Project Total: $174,994





Title: Code.org Regional Partner K-12 Program

Project Team:

Sponsor: Code.org

Project Total: $171,600



Title: AccelNet: International Collaboration to Accelerate Integration of Engineering, Plant Sciences, and Agricultural Research

Project Team: PI- Rosangela Sozzani (CALS)  Juan Cisneros (CALS)  Amy Grunden (CALS)  Cranos Williams (Eng)  Terry Long (CALS)  AccelNet: International Collaboration to Accelerate Integration of Engineering, Plant Sciences, and Agricultural Research 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $749,441


Title: At Home Learning Initiative Phase III

Project Team: PI-At Home Learning Initiative Phase III  Co-PI-At Home Learning Initiative Phase III  Co-PI-At Home Learning Initiative Phase III  Co-PI-At Home Learning Initiative Phase III  Erin Huggins 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $369,512





Title: NC Digital Learning Initiative: Combined FI

Project Team: PI-NC Digital Learning Initiative: Combined FI  Co-PI-NC Digital Learning Initiative: Combined FI 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $271,309


Title: The Role of Education in Climate Change Adaptation

Project Team: PI-The Role of Education in Climate Change Adaptation 

Sponsor: Spencer Foundation

Project Total: $49,850


Title: Broadband Data Collection & Analysis (WO#8)

Project Team: PI-Broadband Data Collection & Analysis (WO#8) 

Sponsor: NC Department of Information Technology Services

Project Total: $145,000


Title: School Connectivity Initiative (2020-2023)

Project Team: PI-School Connectivity Initiative (2020-2023) 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $850,500



Title: Artificial Intelligence Academy: North Carolina Apprenticeships for Innovation (NCAI)

Project Team:

Sponsor: US Department of Labor

Project Total: $5,999,799


Title: Fostering Deeper Learning Pilot

Project Team: Co-PI-Fostering Deeper Learning Pilot 

Sponsor: Stanford University/William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Project Total: $10,000





Title: NC State University’s Leadership Academies

Project Team: PI-NC State University’s Leadership Academies  Co-PI-NC State University’s Leadership Academies  Co-PI-NC State University’s Leadership Academies 

Sponsor: UNC-General Administration/NC Principal Fellows Commission

Project Total: $3,749,887



Title: Building Capacity for Regional Collective Evaluation across North Carolina Science Museums

Project Team: PI-Building Capacity for Regional Collective Evaluation across North Carolina Science Museums  Kathryn Stevenson (CNR)  Lincoln Larson (CNR) 

Sponsor: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources/Institute of Museum & Library Services

Project Total: $356,750


Title: Measuring the Impact of the Deliberative Discussion Model

Project Team: PI-Measuring the Impact of the Deliberative Discussion Model 

Sponsor: Street Law, Inc.

Project Total: $92,606


Title: Professional Online Learning Module (PLOM) Project

Project Team: Co-PI-Professional Online Learning Module (PLOM) Project  Co-PI-Professional Online Learning Module (PLOM) Project  Janet Walton  Meghan Day 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Education/IES

Project Total: $934,215



Title: Literacy Leaders Partnership

Project Team: PI-Literacy Leaders Partnership 

Sponsor: Mebane Charitable Foundation

Project Total: $575,183








Title: RET Site: Atomic Scale Design and Engineering

Project Team: PI- Jacob Jones (Eng)  Co-PI-RET Site: Atomic Scale Design and Engineering 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $600,000


Title: AEOP Consortium Evaluation

Project Team:

Sponsor: Battelle Memorial Institute

Project Total: $4,127,517


Title: Indiana’s GEAR UP Program

Project Team:

Sponsor: Purdue University/US Department of Education

Project Total: $394,450




Title: IRAPID: Informal Learning about Urban Ecology through Community-Engaged Research as a Pathway to Persistence for Disaster-Impacted Students

Project Team: PI- Madhusudan Katti (CNR-Forest and Environmental Resources)  Co-PI-IRAPID: Informal Learning about Urban Ecology through Community-Engaged Research as a Pathway to Persistence for Disaster-Impacted Students  Kelly Mulvey (CHASS)  Darby Orcutt (NCSU Libraries) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $199,721


Title: NC State Improvement Project IHE Partnership

Project Team: PI-NC State Improvement Project IHE Partnership 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction/US Dept. of Education

Project Total: $10,000


Title: zSpace

Project Team: PI-zSpace 

Sponsor: Vance County Public Schools

Project Total: $22,899






Title: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Education Program in Animal Production from Renewable Forest Resources

Project Team: PI- Sunkyu Park (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Co-PI-Interdisciplinary Doctoral Education Program in Animal Production from Renewable Forest Resources  Richard Venditti (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Yuan Yao (CNR-Biomaterials)  Sung Kim (CALS-Animal Science)  Miles See (CALS-Animal Science)  Max Coffey (CALS-Animal Science) 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Total: $238,500


Title: Developing Expertise in Risk Analysis and Risk Management for the Bioeconomy

Project Team: PI- Ronalds Gonzalez (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Co-PI-Developing Expertise in Risk Analysis and Risk Management for the Bioeconomy  Stephen Kelley (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Robert Handfiled (Business Management)  Robert Abt (CNR-Forestry and Environmental Resources)  Lucian Lucia (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Hasan Jameel (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Jeffrey Stonebraker (Business Management) 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Total: $238,500


Title: Building Capacity of Educators, Schools, and Districts to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Project Team:

Sponsor: Sponsor: Oak Foundation

Project Total: $949,283






Title: The Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program Wyoming

Project Team:

Sponsor: Wyoming Department of Education (WDE)

Project Total: $40,058


Title: A Learning Environment to Support Comprehension Monitoring with Informational Science Text

Project Team: PI-A Learning Environment to Support Comprehension Monitoring with Informational Science Text  Marc Russo (COD)  Sr Personnel: James Minogue 

Sponsor: NSF

Project Total: $​1,469,395





Title: ​Teaching for the Long Haul: Professionalizing Career Pathways for North Carolina Teachers

Project Team: PI- Callie Edwards Womble 

Sponsor: Belk Foundation

Project Total: $99,894





Title: Evaluation of Teacher Compensation Models and Advanced Teaching Roles Pilot

Project Team: PI- Callie Edwards Womble 

Sponsor: NC Department of Public Instruction

Project Total: $​200,000


Title: Building Capacity for Computational Thinking

Project Team:

Sponsor: Wake County Public School System

Project Total: $​54,844




Title: Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry

Project Team: PI- ​Richard Venditti (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Co-PI-Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry  Stephen Kelley (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Ronalds Gonzalez (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Elizabeth Nichols (CNR-Forestry and Environmental Resources)  Sunkyu Park (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Hasan Jameel (CNR-Forest Biomaterials)  Yuan Yao (CNR-Forest Biomaterials) 

Sponsor: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Project Total: $​2,750,000



Title: ​Perquimans County Schools – North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI)

Project Team: PI-​Perquimans County Schools – North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI) 

Sponsor: ​Perquimans County Public Schools/Golden Leaf Foundation

Project Total: $​33,795


Title: ​Vance County Schools – North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI)

Project Team: PI-​Vance County Schools – North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI) 

Sponsor: ​Vance County Public Schools/Golden Leaf Foundation

Project Total: $​165,137


Title: Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Graduate Program

Project Team: PI- Robert Rose (CALS-Biochemistry)  Co-PI-Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Graduate Program 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $​999,907




Title: GAPS (Geospatial Analytics for Problem Solving) for Hi-Tech Teens

Project Team: PI- Eric Money (Center for Earth Observation-CNR.)  Co-PI-GAPS (Geospatial Analytics for Problem Solving) for Hi-Tech Teens   

Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Project Total: $175,006

Description: The GAPS (Geospatial Applications for Problem Solving) for Hi-Tech Teens program is a collaborative effort between NC State University, Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL), and RTI International. The program is designed to introduce high school students to Geospatial science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and advanced geovisualization technologies through an intensive... Read More


Title: Promoting STEM Interests and Careers through FAME (Families and Museums Exploring)

Project Team: PI-Promoting STEM Interests and Careers through FAME (Families and Museums Exploring) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $956,574

Description: The goal of the 3-year project is to research and test a new model to promote the development of positive attitudes toward STEM and to increase interest in STEM careers with a focus on underserved students and their families.  The project is a partnership with Marbles Museum, the Morehead Planetarium and... Read More


Title: Collaborative Research: PRIME: Engaging STEM Undergraduate Students in Computer Science with Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Project Team: PI- James Lester (Eng)  Co-PI-Collaborative Research: PRIME: Engaging STEM Undergraduate Students in Computer Science with Intelligent Tutoring Systems 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,499,828

Description: Colleges and universities around the country are faced with a pressing question: How can we introduce computing in undergraduate STEM education in a way that successfully supports both skill development and motivation for a broad population of students? The PRIME project will address this question by developing and evaluating an... Read More


Title: Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education with E­Modules [ESTEEM]

Project Team: PI-Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education with E­Modules [ESTEEM] 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,500,000

Description: In partnership with Eastern Michigan, Southern Indiana, and Concord Consortium, the ESTEEM project focuses on a multifaceted problem in STEM learning: a) preservice secondary mathematics teachers [PSMTs] are underprepared to teach statistical content in 6-12 curricula; b) technologies to engage in rich data analysis and statistics investigations are difficult to... Read More


Title: Developmentally Appropriate Strategies for Targeting EarlyAdolescents’ Motivation in STEM

Project Team: PI-Developmentally Appropriate Strategies for Targeting EarlyAdolescents’ Motivation in STEM  Co-PI-Developmentally Appropriate Strategies for Targeting EarlyAdolescents’ Motivation in STEM 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $1,011,821

Description: The overarching goal of the 3-year project is to develop a coherent set of instructional practices for teachers and community stakeholders that target motivational needs specific to economically disadvantaged adolescents in predominantly African American middle schools in Durham, NC. This project is distinctive in that this work will help teachers,... Read More



Title: Preparing Teachers for Cultural Connections, Collections, and Reflections through Technology

Project Team: PI-Preparing Teachers for Cultural Connections, Collections, and Reflections through Technology 

Sponsor: Triangle Community Foundation

Project Total: $279,904

Description: This project prepares teachers to adopt technology-enabled strategies for: 1) connecting with other cultures through global collaborative projects, 2) crowd curating cultural media collections, and 3) reflecting on cultural understanding through written and multimodal works. Finnish culture will serve as the focus for this work, with fifteen teachers selected in... Read More


Title: Collaborative Research: EFRI-REM Mentoring Catalyst Initiative

Project Team: PI- Christine Grant (Engineering) 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $164,890


Title: Evaluation For Actionable Change: A Data-Driven Approach

Project Team: PI-Evaluation For Actionable Change: A Data-Driven Approach   

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Project Total: $799,837



Title: Impact 2020: Supporting Sustainable Impact in Higher Education

Project Team: PI-Impact 2020: Supporting Sustainable Impact in Higher Education 

Sponsor: Interfaith Youth Core

Project Total: $1,551,469


Title: Suzhou North America High School: Connecting to the Future

Project Team: PI-Suzhou North America High School: Connecting to the Future 

Sponsor: Wuzhong Group

Project Total: $3,377,539