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NSF - Science, Technology, Engineering, and mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

Wednesday Jul 7, 2010

Materials are due electronically to Jeff Meserve (meserve@austin.utexas.edu) by Wednesday, July 7, 2010 @ noon.

Please submit:

  • Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for of the proposed project.
  • Short CV, highlighting your research trajectory

Program description:

Program Description: The Science, Technology, Engineering, and mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) sees to increase the number of students (US citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions.  Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM. 

Program activities under the STEP Type 1 competition should be efforts aimed at adapting and implementing best practices that will lead to an increase in the number of students (US citizens or permanent residents) obtaining STEM degrees at institutions with baccalaureate degree programs.  The goal of the project must be to increase the total graduation numbers of such students at the institution, and all STEP proposals must include specific numerical targets for these increases.  If a project focuses efforts on only a subset of STEM fields, increases in those fields must not be at the expense of degrees in other STEM fields.  Projects may focus on the retention and/or recruitment of undergraduate students into STEM fields.  Outreach efforts are appropriate only if the efforts can be expected to result in additional STEM majors and graduates at the submitting institution within the grant period. 

Please see the solicitation for complete information.