Program Summary

Program Summary

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. 1 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 (GEOPATHSIMPACT).

 

The overarching questions being addressed through this solicitation are:

Which strategies are most effective for increasing the number and diversity of students entering the geoscience workforce pipeline?

Which approaches are most effective in retaining undergraduate students in the geoscience pipeline?

Which activities are most effective in preparing undergraduate geoscience majors for the workforce, and smoothing their transition post-graduation?

 Which strategies are most effective for increasing the number and diversity of non-geoscience undergraduate majors that pursue post-baccalaureate degrees in geoscience?

 

Funding: Regardless of which track is selected, the program expects to offer approximately 16 awards, with the average total award size expected to be in the $300,000 to $350,000 range. The duration of awards for both tracks will be up to 36 months. 

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
July 19, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
TBD
Sponsor Letter of Intent
August 18th 2017
Sponsor Application
October 10, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

 

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.

 

Please contact Natalia Glubisz at RDS@uic.edu or 312-996-8348 with any questions.

 

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.