Tom Bielik, the recipient of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) April International Scholar of the Month Award, is an integral part of the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University (MSU). Through his constant service and contribution to research, Tom plays an active involvement in the field of science education.
Tom is currently involved in two National Science Foundation Projects.
- One of them, Crafting Optimal Learning in Science Environments, is a joint project among the University of Helsinki in Finland and Michigan State University and is the first National Science Foundation Partnership for International Research and Education Award given to faculty in a college of education.
- In his second project, he is developing an open-access online modeling tool and Project-Based Learning curricular materials, in collaboration with a team from The Concord Consortium, to support secondary students in developing, using and revising scientific models.
CONNECTING MSU SPARTANS ACROSS BORDERS:
Dedicated to increasing the understanding and capacity for professional development programs for teachers, Tom conceptualized and spearheaded a study-abroad trip to Israel for 12 MSU students to work with faculty at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology this upcoming May.
A PASSION FOR EDUCATION:
Tom’s close collaboration with teachers and his passion for exposing students to the world of science and education directs his research and current advances in the field of science education. Tom’s engagement and motivation spreads to other post-doctoral fellows in CREATE for STEM, helping to cultivate a working environment that mirrors the institute’s mission to innovate, investigate and inform.
Scholar of the Month Nomination Submitted By: Sue Carpenter, CREATE for STEM