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April 20, 2022 - The Northern Kentucky University Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) continues its partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities by helping teachers to reacclimate curriculum coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CINSAM recently received a $20,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, which will go towards funding a return to in-person professional development focusing on helping teachers adapt their STEM curriculum to meet the needs of all students, no matter their background knowledge due to missed instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“CINSAM takes pride in our partnership with Duke Energy and we are once again grateful for the generosity they have shown our STEM Outreach Program,” Amber Carter, CINSAM Outreach Specialist, said. “This continued partnership is vital to meet the ever-changing needs of the teachers and students that we serve in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region.” 

The practices the program employs will promote equity in the classroom, giving all students an entry point into classroom discussions, no matter their background or prior experiences. This will be accomplished using evidence-based sense-making practices, where students engage in authentic STEM activities that promote student discussions, centered around content. 

“Duke Energy is pleased to continue our support of Northern Kentucky University and their impactful programs. STEM education provides a critical foundation for the workforce of the future and incorporating equity in the classroom ensures all students have access to the same opportunities,” said Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky.

The Duke Energy Foundation has supported NKU with over $315,000 in grants since 2016. 

About Duke Energy Foundation: The Duke Energy Foundation provides more than $30 million annually in philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation is funded by Duke Energy shareholders. 

About Duke Energy: Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people. 

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least a 50% carbon reduction from electric generation by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 2050 net-zero goals also include Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 emissions. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. 

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2022 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers” list. More information is available at The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIN, Instagram, and Facebook.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit