The National Science Foundation's 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."
NSF released a new funding solicitation for the IUSE program (14-588) on July 23, 2014. 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 Planning Sessions (August 19 & 21, 2014)
These meetings will be an opportunity to discuss the IUSE solicitation and share ideas for Ohio State proposals. For specifics about the meetings, visit the event webpage.
NSF IUSE Informational Webinar (September 2, 3, & 4, 2014)
The NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) is collaborating 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) program. The content of each of the webinars will be identical. Participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions that will be answered by NSF/DUE Program Directors. A recorded version of the webinar will be posted later. To register for one of these webinars, visit the application website. Enrollment will be limited to 300 participants per session.
NSF Education Proposal Preparation Webinars (September, 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.
Recordings of Past Programs
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:
- Teresa Johnson (University Center for the Advancement of Teaching) on UCAT resources to support the development of new undergraduate courses. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- Helene Cweren (Undergraduate Research Office) on the URO's Summer Undergraduate Research Institute and academic year undergraduate research programming. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- Yolanda Zepeda, Curtis Austin, and Victoria Dunn (Office of Diversity and Inclusion) on ODI programs with K-12 students and Ohio State undergraduates from underrepresented groups. A videorecording can be viewed online.
Additional NSF IUSE resources
- Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Program Synopsis
- IUSE Program Solicitation
- IUSE search page for recently awarded grants and map of active awards
- IUSE Program Officer contacts
- Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development
- NSF's User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
- "What to Say—and Not Say—to Program Officers" (Michael J. Spires, 2012): Chronicle of Higher Education article with strategies for contacting NSF program officers.
- Slides from NSF's November 2013 IUSE Program webinars
- Videorecordings of the Virtual Faculty Collaborative's December 2013 IUSE Program webinars