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.
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 2014 IUSE Program webinars
- Videorecordings of the Virtual Faculty Collaborative's December 2013 IUSE Program webinars