Support for NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Proposal Preparation

The National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education initiative is a "comprehensive, Foundation-wide effort to accelerate the quality and effectiveness of the education of undergraduates in all of the STEM fields." Several funding opportunities have been released:

  • The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) Program "invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise."
  • The IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Program "enables engineering departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome long-standing issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering students prepared to solve 21st century challenges."
  • The funding opportunity from the Division of Polar Programs and the Division of Undergraduate Education "for the development and management of a program(s) that will facilitate the participation of pre-service and in-service middle and high school teachers as well as faculty from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI), including community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), in research projects focused on the Arctic and Antarctic."
  • The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) Program has the goal "to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience."
  • Research Coordination Networks Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) Program track supports proposals for proposals for "networking activities to advance biology education. Although the primary focus is on undergraduate education, novel ideas for graduate education will also be considered."

NSF has released funding solicitations for the IUSE: EHR (14-588), RED (14-602), IUSE: GEOPATHS (15-526), and RCN-UBE (15-527) programs, as well as a "Dear Colleague Letter" to explain the funding opportunity for science educators in polar research (14-122). As IUSE workshops and webinars are scheduled by NSF, STEM Initiatives, and other organizations, they will be added to this webpage and in the Events listing on the STEM Initiatives website. To receive emails from STEM Initiatives about IUSE, sign up at this Google Doc.

NSF IUSE: EHR Informational Webinar (December 16, 2014)

This webinar is similar to the November 2014 NSF IUSE: EHR Informational Webinars, but it has a stronger focus on explaining Design and Development level proposals. A videorecording can be viewed online.

NSF IUSE Pre-Service STEM Education Webinar (December 12, 2014)

Though sImilar in content to the September 2014 NSF IUSE: EHR Informational Webinars, this webinar has a specific focus on proposals concerning pre-service STEM education. A videorecording can be viewed online, and Powerpoint slides from the webinar are available on the IWBW website.

NSF Education Proposal Preparation Webinars (September & November 2014)

These workshops are intended for all STEM faculty members who are planning NSF educational proposals or already have a funded project. They are designed to engage local groups of participants in discussions of issues related to the workshop topic that will enable local sites to interact with the entire virtual group, and to be provided with information and insights on each of these discussion items by workshop presenters. Topics and webinar dates can be found on the IWBW website. Only groups may participate and each group must have a local facilitator who will work with the presenters to organize the local activities and interact with the presenter in coordinating the workshop presentation. If you want to participate in an Ohio State group, contact STEM Initiatives.

NSF IUSE: EHR Informational Webinar (November 3 & 5, 2014)

The NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) collaborated with the Virtual Faculty Collaborative (VFC), a partnership between AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services, to offer three webinars to discuss the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) program solicitation, with particular emphasis on proposals due in January 2014. The content of each of the webinars was identical, though the Q&A periods varied. Recordings of the three webinars and a copy of the Powerpoint slides are available on the IWBW website.

NSF IUSE: EHR Informational Webinar for Geosciences (October 2, 2014)

Though sImilar in content to the NSF IUSE: EHR Informational Webinar described above, this webinar had a specific focus on geosciences proposals, and the Q&A session included the geosciences IUSE program director. (Note that this webinar was not about Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)). A recorded version of the webinar will be posted later.

NSF RED Webinar (September 23, 2014)

The NSF Engineering Directorate presented an introduction to the IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) solicitation. A videorecording of the webinar is available on the NSFS website.

NSF IUSE: EHR Informational Webinar (September 2, 3, & 4, 2014)

The NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) collaborated with the Virtual Faculty Collaborative (VFC), a partnership between AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services, to offer three webinars to discuss the newly released NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) program solicitation, with particular emphasis on proposals due in October 2014. The content of each of the webinars was identical, though the Q&A periods varied. Recordings of the three webinars and a copy of the Powerpoint slides are available on the IWBW website.

NSF IUSE: EHR Planning Sessions (August 19 & 21, 2014)

These meetings were an opportunity to discuss the IUSE solicitation and share ideas for Ohio State proposals. For specifics about the meetings, visit the event webpage.

Outreach/Education/Diversity "Virtual Brown Bag" webinars

The Virtual Brown Bag webinars are a series of lunchtime events organized by STEM Initiatives to highlight opportunities for the university community to collaborate with partners involved with STEM Initiatives focus areas:

  • Outreach and engagement with schools and the public
  • Reform of undergraduate teaching and learning
  • Recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups

These webinars are presented using Carmen Connect (Ohio State's Adobe Connect client). The sessions are videorecorded and posted for viewing on the Virtual Brown Bag webinar webpage. These sessions may be helpful for IUSE projects:

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