"The call for educating future citizens who can engage in complex thinking is greater than ever," says Hosun Kang, assistant professor of education and 2017-18 Hellman Fellow.

Hosun Kang, assistant professor of education, has been selected as a 2017-18 Hellman Fellow. Her project explores whether and how a collaborative approach to curriculum design can promote children’s analytical and problem-solving abilities. She will conduct a summer STEM workshop involving science teachers, science teacher educators and scientists, who will develop two curricula – one in biology and one in chemistry – to be taught at Tustin High School. “I will study the impact of this approach on both teachers’ instructional capacity and the students’ advanced thinking,” Kang said. Hellman Fellowships help promising junior faculty realize their full scientific and academic potential. UCI has awarded 46 of them since 2013, when the campus program was established with a gift of $1.25 million from the Hellman Family Foundation. Each fellow receives up to $50,000.