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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.

Website that lets you sort through over 65 scholarships available to those pursuing a degree in STEM fields.


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.
  • Adele Weight Loss Scholarships: The Adele Weight loss scholarship is $1000 which is a reward for needy students, purely based on fair judgments. So, if you face any sort of difficulty in paying your college dues, you can apply for Adele Weight Loss scholarship as the procedure to apply is really simple and unproblematic. The way to apply is really simple. All you need to do is just write down an essay of word count 1000 About “ Psychological and physiological consequences of obesity ” that should not have plagiarism and you need to deliver the easy to us at scholarships@Adeleweightloss.com in Word format. Don’t miss this golden opportunity because you can be the winner. Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
  • 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 4, 2018; Deadline: January 25, 2019.
  • 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.
  • MigVapor Essay Contest which offers scholarship awards for the students who present their well-researched and evidence-based essay to encourage smokers to kick their addiction. Mig Vapor creates products designed to help people reduce their dependency on tobacco, and awards $3,000 scholarships each semester to students who help bring awareness to the dangers of smoking. Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Pathways to Science Resources for undergraduates, including:
  • 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, 2019
  • Women in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Whether you are a woman—at any stage in your career—trying to break into cryptocurrency, or perhaps you are writing a grant to obtain support for women in crypto-related pursuits, this directory contains a comprehensive set of resources.

Specifically for Students of Under-Served/Economically Disadvantaged Groups
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP): January 3, 2017
  NIH UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers Scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
  • Application Opens: January, 2019
  • Application Deadline: March, 2019
  • Letter of Recommendation Deadline: March, 2019
  • EFN Form with 2015 Tax Year Information Deadline: May, 2019
  • Invitations to Phone Interview Distributed: Mid-June, 2019
  • Phone Interviews for Admission: Mid-July, 2019
  • Selection of Scholars: Late-July, 2019

6. For Graduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

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

  • Adele Weight Loss Scholarships: The Adele Weight loss scholarship is $1000 which is a reward for needy students, purely based on fair judgments. So, if you face any sort of difficulty in paying your college dues, you can apply for Adele Weight Loss scholarship as the procedure to apply is really simple and unproblematic. The way to apply is really simple. All you need to do is just write down an essay of word count 1000 About “ Psychological and physiological consequences of obesity ” that should not have plagiarism and you need to deliver the easy to us at scholarships@Adeleweightloss.com in Word format. Don’t miss this golden opportunity because you can be the winner. Application Deadline: April 30, 2018
  • 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: TBA, submission form; Campus pre-proposal: TBA, submission form Sponsor nomination deadline: TBA

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Go Grad: Paying for Your PhD. Our guide includes a PhD cost breakdown for different degrees. It lists various expenses, including some that students may not have considered. There’s extensive information and resources to help students find financial aid options. Options including scholarships, grants and fellowships. A separate section looks at the earning potential of the most lucrative PhD careers. Throughout the guide, there’s expert advice to help people considering a PhD. This can help them make the best decision for them as an individual.
  • 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 6, 2018.
  • 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 September 11, 2019.
  • 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.

7. For Young Professionals: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for those who have finished all requisite training necessary for an advanced degree, but have not yet reached the level of tenure within their universitiy

  • Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM²D Scholars Program : The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Program aims to fuel the development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. The awards will fund one woman per discipline who has completed her advanced degree, who is working as an assistant professor and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university or design institution. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM2D fields.
    Applications due September 25, 2018.