Outliers: Students in ACTION Newsletter
September 2018
Outliers: Students in ACTION is a monthly publication during the academic year highlighting students and events in the Science and Math Education in ACTION Choose Ohio First grant program at BGSU.
Table of Contents
Reflections from the ACTION Director
Choose Ohio First Research Symposium
ACTION Capstone Colloquium
10 th Anniversary Section - Top Ten, That was Then/This is Now, Grad Spotlights
Upcoming Events
Reflections from the ACTION Director
by Dr. Daniel Brahier

The 2018-19 academic year is officially in session. ACTION scholars have returned to BGSU, and the semester began on August 27. Science and Math Education in ACTION has already begun to celebrate its 10th Anniversary as a program! This summer, we welcomed 23 freshmen and 3 transfer students for Summer Bridge and are excited to have this new Cohort 10 in the pipeline.

You may have noticed at the top of this newsletter that we have a new, one-year-only, 10th Anniversary logo that we will use throughout the year. We will also be hosting numerous events and features to celebrate our anniversary, from special Monday Alumni tweets to an Alumni Homecoming Luncheon to added newsletter features and an anniversary Spring Seminar in March that is rumored to include a visit from ACTION’s first Director, Dr. Barbara Moses. We are proud of the program we have built here at BGSU, as ACTION provides a unique teacher preparation opportunity that is not available at any other institution in the State of Ohio and is truly a signature program for the university.

In the spring, we graduated 25 undergraduates and 3 scholars who had returned for their Masters degrees. I am excited for our graduates who are collectively teaching thousands of students in mathematics and science classrooms today. This year, we have 109 scholars in ACTION – 35 in Middle Childhood Education, 45 in AYA Integrated Mathematics Education, and 29 in AYA Science Education. The cumulative GPA of all of our students as of May was 3.80 with a median GPA of 4.00. Academically, our scholars continue to outperform their peers at BGSU due to the development of a tightly knit community that features study groups, professional development, peer mentoring, research, and social activities.

As we begin our 10th year as a program, we have much to celebrate. We encourage you to keep an eye out for future newsletters, as well as posts on Twitter and Facebook that will spotlight features of the program – where we have been and where we are today. Meanwhile, we will be launching our application this month for Cohort 11 that will begin with Summer Bridge in July of 2019. Please help to spread the good news about ACTION in your communities by forwarding newsletters and retweeting information. We look forward to serving our scholars, alumni, and their families in the 2018-19 academic year!
Summer Bridge 2018

Another Summer Bridge is in the books! Cohort 10 arrived on campus July 5 and were engaged in hands-on science, math and education sessions each weekday until the closing Showcase on July 27. The 23 scholars interacted with reptiles, examined crystals, discussed stats in baseball, viewed the night sky at the observatory, considered math in pop culture, and much more. During evenings and weekends, there was never a dull moment as these incoming freshmen enjoyed time as a “family” with events such as a low ropes course, ACTION Olympics, pool party/cookout, ACTION’s Got Talent, and other activities. It was an action-packed three and a half weeks of learning and exploration.  
Peer Mentoring

This is the fourth year of the ACTION peer mentoring program with junior scholars being paired with freshmen. Each twosome meets six times throughout the year – sometimes one-on-one and other times in a group. The junior mentors attended a workshop at the end of August to give them tools to assist as they mentor this year. After the training, the matches were revealed as mentors and mentees were introduced and began to connect through an activity before each pair set up a time to get together in September.  
In honor of ACTION's 10 th Anniversary, our newsletters will contain a special Anniversary section each month with highlights from the past, top ten lists, spotlights on graduates, and more.
Top Ten Benefits of ACTION:

#10 - Personalized academic advising and peer mentoring

#9 - Real world science and/or mathematics experience that will transfer to the classroom

#8 - Leadership opportunities that include attending and presenting at local, state, and national conferences

#7 - Participation in science and/or mathematics and classroom research

#6 - Dedicated ACTION staff members to provide support and assistance

#5 - Close working relationships with science, math and education faculty members

#4 - All-expense paid Summer Bridge residential experience prior to freshman year

#3 - Close-knit community and “family” atmosphere among ACTION scholars, with the option to live in a residential ACTION Theme Community

#2 - Four-year Choose Ohio First academic scholarships that increase each year

#1 - High job placement rate among graduates
That was THEN, this is NOW...

The very first ACTION cohort was comprised of 25 scholars. The former director, Dr. Barbara Moses, referred to the group as "guinea pigs" during the Welcome Dinner and the name stuck - Cohort 1 affectionately called themselves "pigs." The program has continued to improve and, ten years later, ACTION has 109 scholars and 125 program graduates.
Spotlight on ACTION Graduates
Josh Klein
Cohort 2
AYA Mathematics
Ada High School teaching 8-12 Algebra 1, Calculus

ACTION helped me become a more confident teacher and be willing to try new activities in my classroom without fear of failure. ACTION also helped build a support system among our cohort as we began teaching; we were able to support one another and share ideas during our survival year! The Summer Bridge set me up for success going into college because I knew professors and other students on campus. Day one of college felt like I was going into a new semester instead of my very first day!
Nicole Winhover
Cohort 4
Middle Childhood Education
Bellefontaine Middle School teaching
8th grade science

The ACTION program gave me the tools to be a successful classroom teacher. ACTION also taught me that I am never done learning. There is always research to be done and new skills that I can learn! ACTION was a place where I made lifelong friends and grew into the educator I am today! I am so happy this program has been around for 10 years and I am blessed to have been a part of it!
Upcoming ACTION Events
ACTION Tailgate- Saturday, September 15
STEM in the Park - Saturday, September 29
Homecoming Celebration for Grads - Saturday, October 13

To find out more specific details about what is happening in September, click on the image of the calendar.
As a Choose Ohio First grant program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, our goal is to produce exceptional science and mathematics teachers who will impact the next generation across the state to improve STEM areas.
Science and Math Education in ACTION
Director: Dr. Daniel Brahier
Program Manager: Wendy Standinger
Program Secretary: Cindy Fuller
Phone 419.372.6561