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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.
  • 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 22, 2016.
  • 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 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
  • 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 due March 28, 2016.
  • 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, networking. Dates: Apply by March 1, 2016 for full consideration.
  • Pathways to Science Resources for undergraduates, including:
  • The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program for all full-time students, as well as to high school seniors that have been awarded acceptance letters for the upcoming school year. All applicants will get a chance to win $2000 that will be used to cover academic expenses including, but not limited to, tuition fees, books, laptops, and other equipment. The three winners with the best applications will be selected and awarded $2000 each to cover the aforementioned expenses. Applications due 11:59 PM EST, March 31, 2016.
  • 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. All Documents and Application must be submitted by February 10, 2016
  • 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: 7/4/16–7/31/16.


6. For Graduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

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

  • 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, 2016.
  • Argonne National Laboratory Graduate Programs - various programs/deadlines.
  • Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. Since 2007, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists have been open to scientists in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Beginning in the 2014 awards cycle, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences expanded the faculty awards to include young scientists across the US. The Blavatnik National Awards recognize excellence in three disciplinary categories: Life Sciences; Physical Sciences & Engineering; and Chemistry. Every year, one Blavatnik Laureate in each category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

    Campus NOI: 9/10/16, submission form; Campus pre-proposal: 9/24/16, submission form Sponsor nomination deadline: 11/30/16

  • 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 June 30, 2016. Word Doc. PDF Doc
  • 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 18, 2016.

  • 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.
  • 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 March 28, 2016.
  • 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 11, 2016.
  • 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.”
  • L'Oreal Post-Doc Funding Opportunity: L'Oreal's For Women in Science program has recognized more than 1,000 women iscienctists in over 100 countrie3s since the program began in 1998. We're looking for five exceptional female scientists in the U.S. to be role models for the next generation and to help encourage girls to pursue careers in science. Flyer. For more info and application.
  • 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 January 25, 2016.
  • 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.