Strengthening Your NSF Proposal With Effective Broader Impacts: A Campus-Wide Workshop For Faculty

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Life Sciences Laboratories (LSL)
South 330 - 340 (Conference Center)

Please register by March 26th

Register online or contact Michelle Wonsey at or 577-3726.

Unable to attend? Register to receive workshop materials

A strong statement of the broader impacts (BI) of your research in an NSF proposal can elevate your proposal above the competition, as well as help you communicate the importance of your science to any audience. Well-executed BI activities can also help you realize greater influence with your research. This workshop will help you develop ideas for BI projects and evaluation, and identify partners.

Faculty panelists will present their experiences with developing, carrying out, and evaluating projects that address BI goals. In addition, faculty who have served as NSF reviewers or program officers will offer insights into how BI projects are considered during proposal review. Faculty panelists:

Caitlyn Butler, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kenneth Carter, Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering

Jenny Ross, Associate Professor, Physics

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor, Sociology

Elsbeth Walker, Professor, Biology

Representatives from campus and community partner organizations will introduce their programs and the ways they can partner with faculty for effective broader impacts. Confirmed panelists include:

Steve Acquah, Coordinator, UMass Digital Media Lab; Adjunct Research Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry

Brenda Evans, Community Liaison, UMass Center at Springfield

Christine Hatch, Faculty Coordinator, Eureka!

Joseph Krupczynski, Director, UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL)

Ezra Markowitz, Steering Committee Member, UMass Public Engagement Project

Contact info: Mary K Green; Kendra Brown,