Kamiak teacher receives scholarship


Last updated 6/27/2018 at Noon

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s Partners in Science (Partners) program recently awarded a $15,000 grant to a local educator at Kamiak High School, giving her the opportunity to engage in research with a mentor at the University of Portland (UP).

The grant was awarded to Angela Hoffman, professor of chemistry at UP, and Margaret Lewis, teacher at Kamiak High School, to research the study of soil actinomycetes and antibiotic products.

“This important collaboration between UP and local and regional high schools is essential in order to strengthen STEM education. This grant, and the Partners program as a whole, equips science teachers with the research experience to implement better practices in their own classrooms,” said University of Portland President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C.

2018 marks the 28th year of M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s participation in Partners and more than 500 teachers have been awarded this grant throughout the Trust’s five-state funding region. As a part of the program, the Trust hosts an annual national conference where teachers present their research results, hear presentations from renowned researchers, and network with other teachers and researchers from across the United States.

“Our goal is to improve science education and encourage best practices of teaching to be more inquiry focused,” said Steve Moore, executive director of the Murdock Charitable Trust. “We are honored to be involved with such a vital program at UP that supports student learning at Kamiak High School.”


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