The Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) Engineering Research Center (ERC) was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2017. The goal of all NSF-ERC funded programs is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health and security.
The specific vision of our PATHS-UP ERC is to change the paradigm for the health of underserved populations by developing revolutionary and cost-effective technologies and systems at the point-of-care. The initial PATHS-UP technologies and systems are designed to help with chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are leading causes of morbidity and mortality world-wide. Chronic diseases are particularly devastating in underserved communities in the United States where they are contracted at a higher rate than the national average. In these underserved communities, chronic diseases are increasingly a major cause of disability, even for younger people, and lead to poor quality of life and high health care expenditures. Thus, the burden of chronic disease is a grand challenge that requires cost-effective technologies to reduce mortality rates, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, which disproportionately drive up healthcare costs. Technologies are also needed to help prevent or delay the disease, reducing the incidence of secondary complications and enhancing life quality.
Thus, to accomplish our vision, the PATHS-UP mission is 1) to engineer transformative, robust, and affordable, technologies and systems to improve healthcare access, enhance the quality of service and life, and reduce the cost of healthcare in underserved populations and 2) to recruit and educate a diverse group of scientists and engineers who are ready to lead the future in developing enabling technologies to improve health in underserved communities.
The PATHS-UP ERC team is led by Texas A&M University, with partners from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the University of California at Los Angeles, Florida International University and Rice University, and includes assessment experts from the Arizona State University.
The PATHS-UP Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program offers high school teachers a 6-week summer engineering research experience on the UCLA campus. Meals, and travel expenses are included along with a stipend. The main purpose of the RET program is to bring discovery research to teachers who can then share their research experiences and disseminate their lesson plans to their colleagues and peers. Through teachers, we can target students and encourage them to seek careers in STEM. The program affords teachers the opportunity to engage in leading edge research in biomedical engineering.
- Teacher interns must be a:
- Current U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
- High school math, science, computer science, or CTE teacher and lives within commuting distance to UCLA.
- Teacher interns must:
- Provide a personal statement to include how participation in PATHS-UP will enhance your professional development and impact your students’ experiences
- Submit a recommendation form by the applicant’s principal or department head
- Offer teachers and students current research experiences in engineering and health technologies
- Provide an experience that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- enhance laboratory skills and research techniques
- reinforce educational research in inquiry, learning theory, and psychology
- introduce teachers and students to careers in engineering and health technologies
- promote a culture of inclusion and diversity
Program Requirements for Teacher Interns
- Participate in all scheduled research periods, assignments and virtual meetings
- Create and submit lesson/project to TeachEngineering.org based on your research experience
- Develop and produce a virtual research poster presentation specific to your project
- Present your research and lesson/project at a regional K-12 STEM Conference
- Participate in UCLA’s CNSI Nanoscience Institute Teacher Training Workshops
June 21 – July 22, 2022:
Research at UCLA
July 22 , 2022:
PATHS-UP Symposium Presentation
June 22 – July 29, 2022:
Research Ramp-down and Next Steps planning
Academic Year 22-23:
Participate in relevant PATHS-UP and UCLA’s CNSI Nanoscience Institute Teacher Training Workshops
Regional K-12 STEM Conference Presentation
$8,500 in stipends will be awarded upon completion of all assignments and the following milestones:
Meals and Travel
Arrive at UCLA
Classroom Supplies Budget
Present at Research Symposium
Complete Summer Program
Upload to teachengineering.org
Pass It Back
Present at a K-12 STEM Conference
For additional questions, please contact a PATHS-UP Program Administrator.