How to Broaden the Impact of Your STEM Research

(and make your proposals more competitive)

Date/Time: March 7, 2013. noon to 2:00 pm
Location: Campus Center 10th Floor (Amherst Room)
Handout (pdf)  PPTx Slides as PDF (NSF Overview & Campus Connections)

This workshop helped participants with ideas for developing effective broader impacts (BI) in their research by leveraging existing programs for education and outreach.  It began by reviewing new 2013 requirements for broader impacts from NSF and other funders. Researchers with successful BI programs shared their experience finding community partners through existing relationships, establishing their collaborations, and sustaining their program after initial funding has finished.  Representatives of new (and old) programs to help researchers engage with community and underrepresented groups were present to introduce themselves and field questions. 

Goals to cover:

1) New guidelines from NSF ON BROADER IMPACTS,
2) Expanding our impact by using MEDIA, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, (Badgett) AND COLLABORATIONS WITH INDUSTRY (Berger); Becoming involved with "umbrella" programs like the NSF Noyce Teaching Fellowship "Communities" grant (Schneider)
3) MAKE CONNECTIONS with campus groups.

Panelists shared their experiences and provided new ideas for disseminating our research findings and broadening their impact in that way.

As in previous years, Emphasis was placed on how PI's can take advantage of Campus resources to make their BI components more competitive and more effective. 

The workshop reviewed the basic groups with an updated slide show of campus resources for Broader Impacts sections.   Mort Sternheim and Marie Silver (STEM Ed Institute), John Reiff and Kat McLellan (CESL Community Engagement and Service Learning), Susan Bronstein (LSAMP), Renee Fall (CAITE), Karen Barshevsky (4-H), Jennifer McDonald and Heyda Martinez (STEM Diversity Institute and allied programs) ,were on hand to speak with people.  Other resource groups not available to attend this year: Peg Riley and Jenna Farrell (Mass Academy of Sciences)   Paula Rees (of CoE Diversity Programs Office), and Ed Blaguszewski (Video Services)  All contact information is in the slide show (A PPT/pdf is attached above).

So, now it's time for everyone to CONNECT, either directly with one of the participants, or through Office of Research Development. 545-5023

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