MSU faculty member collaborates on $1.2 million NIH grant to increase access and equity for multilingual learners


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Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso (Photo submitted)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — A Mississippi State faculty member is collaborating with a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance immersive learning environments for Latin Multilingual Learners (LML) in emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics parameters.

Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso, an assistant professor in MSU’s English department since 2021, said the five-year project focuses on creating spaces for LML students to engage in science research experiences using features of translanguaging – the practice of maximizing communication by using more than one language in a classroom lesson.

“We know that creating and using immersive learning environments is crucial to supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students,” Cardozo-Gaibisso said, noting the lack of current research on the topic. “We believe this study is important because it addresses questions of ‘how’ from a multitude of perspectives: deep learning theories, immersive learning environments, machine learning, educational linguistics, and cross-language.”

The project – SISTEMAS: Stimulating Immersive Science Through Engaging Multilingual and Authentic Scenarios – is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award and hosted at the University of Georgia. Cardozo-Gaibisso is a co-investigator in collaboration with UGA faculty member Georgia Wood Hodges, an expert in immersive learning environments, as well as UGA researchers Allan Cohen and Xiaoming Zhai.

Cardozo-Gaibisso obtained his doctorate. in Language and Literacy Education from UGA in 2018, her Masters in Education with a focus on research in teaching and learning processes from Universidad ORT Uruguay in 2013, and her Bachelor of Education of English from the Instituto de Profesores Artigas, also in Uruguay, in 2010.

Cardozo-Gaibisso served from 2018 to 2019 as an education consultant for the World Bank’s Regional Program for the Development of the Teaching Profession in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2020, she was a Curriculum Development Specialist in Teacher Policy for the International Institute for Educational Planning, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IIEP-UNESCO).

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