NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Below please find a limited submission opportunity with only one proposal from each school or college is allowed. If you are interested in submitting to this program please email Michelle Wonseysingle PDF by January 2, 2019 with the following pre-proposal requirements:

1.      A two-page summary that must include your research/project:
             a.  goals
             b.  objectives
             c.  methods, and
             d.  a short statement of competitiveness (i.e., what you think will discriminate your proposal from the competition, including anything you have done to pre-position yourself/your team for this funding opportunity)

2.      A pro forma budget, including any cost-sharing and facilities requirements and how you plan to meet them; use template: https://www.umass.edu/research/form/pro-forma-budget-template

3.      A short-form CV for the PI and each senior staff person

4.      Current and Pending Support of PI’s

Program Description:

The S-STEM program provides Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with funds for scholarships to encourage and enable low - income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need to enter the workforce or graduate study following completion of associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in STEM. Recognizing that scholarships alone cannot address low retention and graduation rates in STEM, the program also supports the implementation and testing of existing effective evidence - based curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g., evidence -based practices; professional and workforce development activities) featuring: (1) close involvement of STEM faculty, (2) student mentoring, (3) provisions of academic and student support, (4) adaptation of existing high quality evidence -based practices, and (5) recognition of S-STEM Scholars. Successful projects include involvement of the Offices of Financial Aid, Offices of Student Services, Offices of Institutional Research, and business and industry.

Proposals with a strong focus on workforce development are encouraged to partner with business, industry, or local community organizations. Proposals with a strong focus on the transfer or advancement of students from one educational level to another should collaborate with appropriate institutional partners (for example proposals focused on the transfer of students from 2-year institutions to 4-year institutions should include 2-year institutions and 4-year institutions or proposals focusing on the advancement of undergraduate students to graduate programs should include institutions with undergraduate programs and institutions with graduate programs).

Proposals should include a literature review that establishes the basis for the proposed project activities along with a description of how the project plans to generate knowledge about student success and degree attainment in STEM. Project activities associated with knowledge generation should be informed by the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development. Formative evaluation should be used to improve local implementation and outcomes of financial support and academic and student supports. Summative evaluation should assess project outcomes and accomplishments and document lessons learned for accountability purposes.

The goals of the S-STEM program are:

1.   To increase the recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation (including student transfer) of low –income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, graduate degrees in STEM and enter the STEM workforce or graduate programs in STEM.

2.   To adapt, implement, and study models, effective evidence -based practices, and/or strategies that contribute to understanding how factors or existing high quality evidence -based practices affect recruitment, retention, student success, academic/career pathways, and/or degree attainment (including student transfer) in STEM of low -income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need.

3.   To contribute to the implementation and sustainability of effective evidence -based curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g., evidence -based practices; professional and workforce development activities) for low -income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need, pursuing undergraduate or graduate education, and entry into the workforce or graduate programs in STEM.