Speech Writing – Purdue University President, Mitch Daniels

I would like to welcome everyone present today. As president …

I would like to welcome everyone present today. As president of Purdue University, I take extreme pride in the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Opportunities to discuss and announce their achievements, rather gratefully, happen often. It almost makes my job a little too easy.

All of Purdue’s academic programs produce individuals with strong foundations in their majors who continue on to make positive contributions to society. Our programs are rigorous, challenging, and are often at the forefront of research and development. They set the standard for other institutions of higher education, influence business, and produce successful individuals.  These are the reasons why it is with great honor and pride that I share with you the news of the $2 million National Science Foundation grant that was awarded to Purdue University’s College of Education. Over the next five years our faculty across several disciplines will be working with 240 undergraduate students in providing them with the proper tools to teach STEM to elementary students.

The impact of this grant is far greater than ensuring future students know more about engineering and math, but about producing and influencing the next Neil Armstrong or Jane Foley, both leaders in their field and both Purdue alumni. This grant may be for five years, but the impact on the future of STEM education at the elementary school level is long-term. I can happily go on about the initiative, but I will let our next speaker do that.

Professor Brenda Capobianco from the College of Education began her teaching career in 1989 as a science teacher. She has been a member of Purdue’s faculty since 2002. In 2008, Professor Capobianco became an Associate Professor of Science Education and Engineering Education. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Association for Science Teacher Education and is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Science Teacher Education. There is no one more qualified to serve as the lead investigator on the grant. Please welcome Professor Brenda Capobianco.


Brenda Capobianco Faculty Profile. (n.d.). Purdue University College of Education. Retrieved from http://www.edci.purdue.edu/faculty_profiles/capobianco/index.html

Purdue University. (2016). NSF grant to fund College of Education STEM research project [Press Release]. Retrieved from http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2016/Q3/nsf-grant-to-fund-college-of-education-stem-research-project.html


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