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Resources to Foster Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Education Reform


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.

5. Miscellaneous STEM Websites/Resources

  • New! The 7 Best Places to Learn to Code for Free (2019). Article on Brainly website, a social learning platform connecting students and educators around the world. The article focuses on several of the top free, intuitive coding resources set to solve the lack of CS education in schools today.

6. 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 7, 2021; Deadline: January 28, 2022.
  • Pathways to Science Resources for undergraduates, including:
  • 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.

7. For Graduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

8. 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.
ICTM Pre-Service Teacher Scholarships
  Current Juniors or Seniors who will graduate in May 2020 or later who plan to teach mathematics in Illinois upon graduation should apply by May 9, 2020.
  • Up to 5 awards of $1500 will be awarded.
  • Please encourage applicants to submit their applications by e-mail to gilroyc@eths.k12.il.us.
  • Winners will be announced in September 2020.