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Goal 3 Resources: Foster Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Education Reform

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Champion accessible, engaging undergraduate and graduate STEM programs and research experiences to promote interest and success in STEM fields, including teaching, for diverse students.


1. News Stories

Short news stories about undergraduate and graduate STEM education activities on the Illinois campus.


2. Funded Projects Directory

Directory of current externally funded undergraduate and graduate STEM education projects on the Illinois campus.

3. Funding Opportunities for Researchers

External funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate STEM education programs and research.


4. Campus Resources

Campus Programs on Teaching and Learning


5. For Undergraduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for campus undergraduate and graduate students; resources for campus STEM educators. See Goal 1 Resources for post-high school opportunities for non-University of Illinois students.

  • ACES@illinois Undergraduate Research Journal. ACES@illinois undergraduate research journal is a premier undergraduate research journal founded by the Teaching Academy of the college of ACES to advance undergraduate research and provide a venue for publication for distinguished undergraduate researchers.
  • ACES Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program. Tthe ACES Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program provides research opportunities for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who demonstrate superior academic ability and a strong interest in the agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences. Participants conduct research under the guidance of ACES faculty. Project Proposal Form. Following are priority research proposal submission deadline dates for undergraduate research projects.
    • For projects beginning in Spring 2014: Monday, February 3, 2014.
    • For projects beginning in Summer 2014: Monday, June 2, 2014.
    • For projects beginning in Fall 2014: Monday, September 8, 2014.
  • Annie's Homegrown: Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2013-2014 school year.  Students must be focusing studies on sustainable agriculture. International students may apply as long as they are studying at a U.S. school. 2014 Application deadline: TBA. 2013 deadline: postmarked between 10/01/2013 and 12/02/2013.
  • Argonne Undergraduate Symposium. Argonne National Laboratory invites undergraduate students and their mentors to attend the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on November 7, 2014. This event provides undergraduates the unique opportunity to present their research and connect with other students in their field while being at a world-class research facility. The one-day event will feature:
    • Keynote Address from a world renown scientist
    • Student research presentations from across disciplines
    • Student research poster session (new this year)
    • Argonne User Facilities Tours
    • Opportunities to make connections to graduate schools, the Air Force and Argonne Educational Opportunities
    • A catered lunch instead of an evening banquet will be provided this year for an additional fee.
    Date: November 7, 2014. Presentation proposals due 10/10/14. Register
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship offers 300 annual awards to students (Illinois GPA 3.7 and above) who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the United States. The awards cover eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room/board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Current junior or exceptional sophomore students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or resident aliens may apply. Applicants should be committed to a Ph.D. in the research fields of mathematics, sciences, or engineering. Candidates who intend to study medicine are eligible if they plan a career in research rather than a career in private medical practice. Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship website. Applications Open: September 1, 2014; Campus Deadline: December 1, 2014: Deadline: January 28, 2015.
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grants - The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at CHF offers grants to assist with travel and accommodation expenses for researchers who wish to use its primary research collections for short-term research (periods of either one or two weeks). CHF houses a wealth of resources in the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies and industries. Travel grant recipients have access to the collections of the Othmer Library (including its art and artifacts) during normal operating hours and are encouraged to use CHF’s oral history materials. They will be assigned a workspace in the Jacobs Reading Room with Wi-Fi access.
  • CMAA Chicago Chapter: Construction Management Scholarships. The CMAA Foundation awards scholarships to full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a Construction Management or CM-related program for the next school year. Candidates must have completed a minimum of one full academic year and have a minimum of one full year remaining in their course of study. Scholarships are for one year. Applications due May 1, 2014.
  • CMAA Foundation Scholarship Program. CMAA's Foundation provides scholarships yearly for selected students plus a paid trip to the Rising CM Conference and National Conference & Trade Show. Scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate student program in a construction management or CM-related program for the next school year. Candidates must have completed a minimum of one full academic year and have a minimum of one full year remaining in their course of study. Scholarships are for one year. Applications due June 30th. 2014 Application
  • Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research. This scholarship, established in memory of undergraduate student and Rhodes' lab researcher Erik Haferkamp, will provide one $3,000 scholarship for summer 2014 to a student who will work in a lab at the Beckman Institute. Applicants should have at least one semester prior work experience in a Beckman lab. See full eligibility details. Applications are due April 11, 2014.
  • Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship for female students in Computer Science. This scholarship will provide funding for 4 female students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference October 8–11, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ. Applications open January 15, 2014; due April 29, 2014.
  • HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM Scholarsips for Hispanic Students. The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world. Application will open in January 2014; applications due April 30, 2014.
  • Illinois Chemistry Research Opportunities. Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research during their undergraduate careers. Research provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the classroom to an original problem. In addition, prospective employers and graduate schools both strongly value the undergraduate research experience.
  • Information Trust Institute: Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP). ICSSP provides scholarships for students in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and law, to allow these students to pursue degrees in Information Assurance (IA) and computer security. Students will be engaged in team-based projects — based on specific topics, such as the power grid, avionics systems, and enterprise computing — in which they build example applications using the latest computer security techniques. Upon graduation, recipients must work for a Federal government agency in an IA position for two years. Minority students and two-year college transfer students are encouraged to participate. ICSSP scholarships will cover tuition, room and board, books, and some travel for the last two years of study for a bachelor's degree. In addition, students will receive an annual stipend. Applications for fall 2014 due April 15, 2014.
  • Information Trust Institute (ITI) Summer Research Interships. The ITI Undergraduate Summer Internship Program will bring undergraduates from around the world to work with ITI researchers at Illinois in a number of information trust research areas. During the 8- to 10-week program, students will choose a research area in which to focus, while learning broadly about information trust, information assurance, security and other areas through semi-weekly seminars. All interns will receive stipends and housing.
    The main program will run from June 3 to July 27; if those dates conflict with your academic calendar, and your ITI faculty mentor agrees to accommodate different dates, other start and end dates may be considered. As of now, ITI will not be doing summer research internships. (2013 Applications were due May 12, 2013.)
  • INSPIRE. Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange. Mechanical Science and Engineering Energy and Sustainability Exchange Program. Opportunity for llinois Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics juniors and seniors to take classes in English at KTH Royal Institute of Technology while continuing to work on their degree and have the potential of focusing on Energy and Sustainability. Application Deadline: To apply, an eligible student must apply to a program at Stockholm University by January 15, 2014 and submit a one-page motivation statement by February 1, 2014..
  • nano@illinois Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates a 10-week nanotechnology research experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Benefits include: $5000 stipend, $700 travel support, on-campus housing, meal stipent, hands-on research, faculty/peer mentoring, professional development, networkingDates: May 27-August 1, 2014; Apply be 2/14/14 for full consideration.
  • Pathways to Science Resources for undergraduates, including:
  • Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SPHE) Scholarships for Hispanic students in STEM majors. Merit-based and need-based general scholarships are awarded, in the amount of $1,000 - $3,000, to qualified high school graduating seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students who demonstrate both significant motivation and aptitude for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Applications due May 1, 2014.
  • Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). Ten-week program summer research program provides undergraduate students from underrepresented populations an opportunity to explore careers in research. SROP helps strengthen students' knowledge, skills, and understanding of graduate school. Activities afford participants opportunities to establish relationships with faculty in their fields, conduct research supervised by a renowned faculty member, experience the graduate school culture, and learn what is expected of them as graduate students in their discipline at Illinois. Dates: June 2–August 2, 2014. Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2014.
  • Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in New Biology (URM-NB). Seven New Biology Fellowships per year are being offered by five campus units with the auspices of the National Science Foundation and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. Applications due April 4, 2014. Application webpage.
  • Young Scholars Program: A summer and first-year academic experience provided for new freshmen pursuing an undergraduate studies offered through the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. YSP is designed to provide summer academic experiences to create a successful transition to Illinois and increase academic performance during the first academic year for new ACES majors.

    Students participate in a 4-week intensive academic review of math, general chemistry and writing skills during the summer prior to the fall semester on the Illinois campus. Early peer counseling and career advising are additional summer components. All expenses such as food, lodging and books are covered. Approximately 20-25 students will be accepted into this academic component.

    All YSP participants will participate in peer advising and skill development sessions througout the academic year. All students will be assigned to a graduate student mentor who will monitor student performance and provide academic intervention if needed. Dates: 7/6/14–8/02/14.


6. For Graduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for graduate students will be added as information becomes available.

  • ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship. This fellowship honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high-performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. Applications open: March 3, 2014; Applications close: May 1, 2014.
  • American Geophysical Union - Horton Research Grant in Hydrological Science. The Horton Research Grant supports doctoral students in the hydrological sciences and related policy-oriented social sciences. This one-year grant is awarded to one or more students in hydrology, water resources or a closely related field. Application deadline: April 15, 2014.
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM): Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowships. The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of underrepresented groups completing doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences. Applications due May 1, 2014.
  • American Tinnitus Association (ATA): Student Research Grant Program. The ATA grant program supports scientific studies investigating tinnitus. Studies must be directly concerned with tinnitus and contribute to ATA's goal of finding a cure. 2014 applications due: TBA; (2013 applications due November 1, 2013.)
  • Annie's Homegrown: Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2013-2014 school year.  Students must be focusing studies on sustainable agriculture.  International students may apply as long as they are studying at a U.S. school. Application deadline: TBA (2013 application window: October 1, 2013—December 2, 2013.)
  • Argonne National Laboratory Grad Student Program: Cooperative Education appointments made primarily during the academic year are typically available to students after completion of two semesters. Argonne has two types of CO-OP Programs: 1) Alternating (semester at Argonne, followed by semester at college/university) and 2) Parallel (part-time work to a maximum of 19 hours per week during the school year concurrent with full-time college/university enrollment). Students employed in the CO-OP Program are expected to work a minimum of one year as a parallel CO-OP or three semesters as an alternating CO-OP. Applications may be submitted at any time, however, students wanting to start work in June 2014 should submit their application by March 1, 2014. Students wanting to start work in September 2014 should submit their application by May 1, 2014.
  • Argonne National Laboratory Dissertation Research Fellowships. Laboratory Graduate Research appointments are available for qualified U.S. university graduate students who wish to carry out their thesis research (Master's or Ph.D.) at Argonne National Laboratory under co-sponsorship of an Argonne staff member and a faculty member. Appointments are for a one-year term with annual renewals being contingent upon satisfactory performance by the appointee. The university sets the academic standards and awards the degree. In practice, participation by the faculty member varies from full partnership in the research to general supervision of the student's thesis work. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year and an appointment may commence at any time. A completed application should be submitted at least one month prior to any proposed starting date, but earlier application submission is advantageous.
  • Argonne National Laboratory Graduate Programs - various programs/deadlines.
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grants - The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at CHF offers grants to assist with travel and accommodation expenses for researchers who wish to use its primary research collections for short-term research (periods of either one or two weeks). CHF houses a wealth of resources in the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies and industries. Travel grant recipients have access to the collections of the Othmer Library (including its art and artifacts) during normal operating hours and are encouraged to use CHF’s oral history materials. They will be assigned a workspace in the Jacobs Reading Room with Wi-Fi access.
  • Clean Energy Education Fellowships. The Graduate College is offering fellowships to support Illinois graduate students dedicated to researching and promoting clean energy literacy. Academic year awards cover up to two years of study at the doctoral level starting August 2013, and up to five awards will be made. Departmental nomination required. Nomination packages are due by April 3, 2014.
  • CMAA Chicago Chapter: Construction Management Scholarships. The CMAA Foundation awards scholarships to full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a Construction Management or CM-related program for the next school year. Candidates must have completed a minimum of one full academic year and have a minimum of one full year remaining in their course of study. Scholarships are for one year. Applications due June 30, 2014. Word Doc. PDF Doc
  • Computational Science and Engineering Fellowship Proposals. Proposals are invited from graduate students for support of interdisciplinary research in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). At least ten awards are expected to be made for the 2013-2014 academic year (August 16, 2013 to July 15, 2014). Proposed research projects must be interdisciplinary, and must be oriented toward computational science and engineering and/or applied mathematics. The student submitting the proposal must be jointly supervised by at least two faculty members. Each faculty participant must be affiliated with the CSE program, and the student must be enrolled in the CSE option in his or her home department by the time the fellowship begins. Applications must be submitted via the online application available at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/537030 by April 4, 2014. Call 333-0035 for more information.

  • European Molecular Biology Association (EMBO) Short-Term Fellowships. The EMBO Short-Term Fellowships fund research visits of one week to three months to laboratories in Europe and elsewhere in the world. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory. Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country. Short-Term Fellowships are intended for joint research work rather than consultations. All applications should focus on the benefit to the home laboratory and involve movement between countries – one of which must be an EMBC Member State. For applicants from a laboratory within a non-member state, the Short-Term Fellowships are for a fixed duration of 90 days.
  • Focal Point. Focal Point is an initiative sponsored by the Graduate College to stimulate

    intellectual communities of faculty and graduate students around topics that undergird important issues and problems of our times. Focal Point is designed to engage faculty and inspire graduate students to advance knowledge in areas of critical national and human need whether this be in global health and engineering, economic and social issues, humanities and arts, or challenges of understanding and communicating in an increasingly complex world. Through collaboration with the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership (AEL), the Graduate College seeks projects that highlight and build entrepreneurship activities across campus. Proposals are due March 21, 2014.

  • Graduate College's Office of External Fellowships offers one-on-one proposal advising services for Illinois graduate students. It is recommended that drafts be submitted to OEF at least 4 weeks prior to the fellowship deadline.
  • HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM Scholarsips for Hispanic Students.The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world. Applications due April 30, 2014.
  • Illinois Space Grant Consotrium: Graduate Research Fellowships. The Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), part of NASA’s National Space Grant Consortium and Fellowship Program, is awarding fellowships to students attending ISGC institutions: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Bradley University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. ISGC seeks to support outstanding graduate students pursuing aerospace engineering, astrophysics, astronomy, cosmology, Earth system science and other interdisciplinary space-related science, engineering and mathematics fields. Applications due April 4, 2014.
  • Information Trust Institute: Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP). ICSSP provides scholarships for students in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and law, to allow these students to pursue degrees in Information Assurance (IA) and computer security. Students will be engaged in team-based projects — based on specific topics, such as the power grid, avionics systems, and enterprise computing — in which they build example applications using the latest computer security techniques. Upon graduation, recipients must work for a Federal government agency in an IA position for two years. Minority students and two-year college transfer students are encouraged to participate. ICSSP scholarships will cover tuition, room and board, books, and some travel for the last two years of study for a bachelor's degree. In addition, students will receive an annual stipend. Applications due April 15, 2015.
  • Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellows Program. In honor of Nadine Barrie Smith's life and achievements, Nadine's husband, Andrew Webb, established the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund, which provides fellowships to female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging (e.g., ultrasound, optical, magnetic resonance) at the Beckman Institute. Two $4,000 fellowships are being offered for Fall 2013. Preference for awarding the fellowships shall be given to students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Applications due March 24, 2014.
  • Job Opportunity: National Non Profit Organization seeks to hire someone in northern Illinois to grow their summer STEM enrichment program. The job is a fulltime opportunity starting in July 2014. Job Description.
    Note from the NPO's VP of sales, “Many of our successful Regional Program Managers are very connected to our industry – STEM Education, school districts, STEM community supporters, etc. – already in their local communities, and had a background of selling programs and products in the K-12 arena.”
  • National Science Foundation: Earth Sciences Grad/Postdoc Fellowships. The Division of Earth Sciences Research (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to highly qualified investigators within 3 years of obtaining their Ph.D. to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines. The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. Applications due July 18, 2014.
  • Pathways to Science. Resources for graduate students, including graduate programs, fellowships, short-term opportunities (travel funds, summer, institutes, etc.), as well as resources about how to get funding, apply to graduate school, and prepare applications.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) - Dissertation Scholarships. SHPE offers merit-based scholarships to doctoral candidates who demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and are ABD (have completed all but their dissertation). Application packets must be postmarked by May 1, 2014.