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 (15-585), 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 Geosciences Webinar (October 2, 2015)
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 discuss the new program solicitations for the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Program. A videorecording of the Geosciences webinar is available through the IWBW website.
NSF Pre-Service STEM Teacher Education in IUSE Webinar (October 1, 2015)
A recording of the Pre-Service Teacher Education webinar is available through the IWBW website.
NSF IUSE: EHR Webinar (September 21 & 22, 2015)
Two webinars discussed the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) program solicitation. The content of the webinars is identical. Recordings and slides are available on the IWBW website.
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.
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
- Program Synopses for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) and IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Program, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS), and Research Coordination Networks Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)
- Program Solicitations for IUSE: EHR, RED, IUSE: GEOPATHS, and RCN-UBE
- Flier describing IUSE: EHR
- Dear Colleague Letter describing the funding opportunity to include science educators in polar research
- Program Officers for IUSE: EHR, RED, IUSE: GEOPATHS, and RCN-UBE
- IUSE: EHR search page for recently awarded grants and map of active awards
- 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.