Limited Submission: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)

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From the Desk of Michael Scott, AVP for Research, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, SF State research.sfsu.edu

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) July 13, 2017

 

SF State Limited Submission Guidelines

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Source: Federal

Title of Funding Opportunity: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)
 

Link to program announcement

Deadlines:

To AVP, ORSP for review and approval: Jul 14, 2017

AVP, ORSP decision: Jul 18, 2017

If accepted, ORSP 7-business day deadline for internal approvals: Sep 29, 2017

Letter of Intent: Aug 18, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: Oct 10, 2017

Required materials for ORSP submission:

  1. Summary no longer than three pages in length
  2. All on- and off-campus collaborations
  3. Publications or other indicators of productivity in the past 3 years relevant to this FOA

Program officer contact information
(it is highly recommended that you contact this person early in the process)

Synopsis of offering:

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students; preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow; and improving students' STEM learning outcomes.

NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, launched in Fiscal Year 2014, supports a coherent set of investments to 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 NSF-wide IUSE initiative acknowledges the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning.

The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) contributes to the IUSE initiative through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) funding opportunity. IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is 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. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

Eligibility as stated by sponsor

Keywords: STEM, Geosciences, Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Undergraduate Education

Questions about this limited submission opportunity:

For CoSE PIs: Uschi Simonis, Assistant Dean for Research (CoSE), uschi@sfsu.edu
All other units:  Michael Scott, AVP for Research, ORSP, mjscott@sfsu.edu

 

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