Nevada is eligible for a new three-year award from the Department of Energy (DOE) Experimental Program for the Stimulation of Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Implementation Awards. The DOE EPSCoR award is expected to provide a maximum award level of $2.5 million per year and an anticipated minimum $1 million per year for a project period of three years. There is a requirement of a 10% commitment from a DOE Program Office requested to support the proposed effort. Please view the attached funding opportunity.
Undergraduate Visualization and Modeling Network (UVMN) Program Information
The Western Consortium Watershed Analysis, Visualization and Exploration (WC-WAVE) project is a collaborative effort of the Idaho, New Mexico and Nevada NSF EPSCoR Programs. Its overarching goal is to advance watershed science, workforce development, and education with cyberinfrastructure (CI)-enabled discovery and innovation.
WHO SHOULD APPLY:
Earth and environmental science faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutions in New Mexico, Nevada, and Idaho who are interested in introducing modeling and visualization into their courses.
The Undergraduate Visualization and Modeling Network (UVMN) will provide professional development for instructors (faculty) and students from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) in the three consortium states—ID, NM, and NV. The UVMN provides an opportunity to engage diverse students in undergraduate research and CI-enabled education.
Participation in the UVMN Program includes three basic components:
- Summer Workshop. In spring 2014, PUI instructor and student teams will be selected to participate in a three-day summer workshop on modeling and visualization to be held May 29-31, 2014 in New Mexico. The workshop will focus on using Google Earth to create GIS content, developing a watershed model and using it to visualize various scenarios, using free geographical data sources and software, and novel approaches to create 3D models.
- Module Development/Implementation. During the academic year following the workshop, and with the assistance of a faculty mentor from a research university, the PUI instructors and students will work collaboratively to develop and implement an educational module that uses appropriate modeling and/or visualization for an existing undergraduate STEM course at their home institution.
- On-going Virtual Community. The PUI instructor and student participants will discuss progress, opportunities, and challenges through a virtual community and will be included in research updates by other members of the tri-state consortium.
- Integrate visualization and/or modeling tools and strategies into undergraduate STEM courses at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), especially earth and environmental science courses.
- Build supportive, collegial relationships between faculty from PUIs and faculty from research institutions.
- Extend elements of WC-WAVE (Track 2) research activities to undergraduate institutions.
PUI instructors (faculty) will receive a $5,000 stipend for one calendar year of involvement in the program, including participation in the workshop, virtual follow-up sessions and development/ implementation of an educational module based on the workshop content. Student participants will receive a $4,000 stipend for one calendar year of involvement, including participation in the workshop, virtual follow-up sessions, and assisting instructors in module development. Stipends will be paid in increments upon receipt of program deliverables; the schedule will be provided to selected participants. All travel expenses will be covered for participation in the summer workshop and work with in-state mentors, as needed.
- Participants (PUI faculty and students) will participate fully in the summer workshop.
- All PUI participants will attend quarterly virtual follow-up sessions.
- PUI instructors (faculty) will identify a course that is suitable for modification to include modeling and/or visualization skills presented in the summer workshop; the course is expected to be offered in the spring 2015 semester.
- PUI faculty and student teams will collaborate on the development and implementation of an educational module based on the summer workshop content.
- PUI faculty and student teams will provide a written report of their progress in October 2014 and February 2015.
- PUI faculty will contact an in-state university faculty mentor (identified by WC-WAVE) at least twice between July and October 2014.
- PUI faculty and student will work as a team throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.
- Participants will provide information for project evaluation that may include online surveys, content tests, and discussion groups.
- PUI faculty participants must be a STEM instructor at an Idaho, New Mexico or Nevada PUI (including tribal colleges) who will be teaching an environmental science related course in the 2014-15 academic year.
- PUI student participants must provide a statement that they intend to enroll in the PUI for the 2014-15 academic year.
- PUI faculty and students must apply as a team.
Selected teams will be notified by March 15, 2014.
Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium will partner with NSHE Faculty and Nevada industrial and business organizations which have natural tie-ins to NASA funded research to host 2014 spring internships for qualified students enrolled full-time in the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Internship opportunities tied to topics related to NASA interests are a critical component in the development and training of bright undergraduate and graduate students in Nevada. Specifically, this opportunity is being extended to those full-time Nevada students who are currently engaged in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math at a NSHE institution. Through the Nevada Space Grant Consortium, we are pleased to be able to facilitate the development of the next great generation of scientists and engineers.
- We will also consider supporting internships for Education majors who plan to teach middle school/high school science.
- In addition, we will consider innovative applications from students whose focus is in the HUMANITIES and who plan to seek career paths to INNOVATE THE COMMUNICATION OF STEM to the general public. These candidates must have a strong background in and possess a strong grasp of the STEM fields and how they relate to NASA’s goals.
Please note that applications will be reviewed based on the quality of the application and support letters as well as on a “needs” basis.
Attention Undergraduate Students!! Paid Research Opportunity
Who is eligible? Any undergraduate student that has completed 20 credits at the College of
Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, Truckee Meadows Community
College and Western Nevada College prior to the start of the program. Must be enrolled in 1-3
course credits during summer 2014. Participation is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
(Green card holders).
Research areas: Students interested in pursuing a career in any area of science, technology,
engineering or math (STEM) are encouraged to apply. Proposals are requested that involve STEM
disciplines, but are not restricted to areas related to solar energy, water and the environment.
Students who are working outside of STEM disciplines (e.g. economics, education, journalism,
policy) are welcome to apply, but should propose projects that support the advancement of STEMrelated
research and education. Proposals on the education or communication of STEM-related
topics are also welcomed.
Deadline: Friday, March 7, 2014
Scholarship amount: $4,500 to students and $750 to faculty mentors for project expenses.
Award Period: June 2, 2014 through Aug 8, 2014
Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education [NSF 14-033] has been cleared by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is in the process of being posted on the NSF web site for general availability.
The opportunity to participate in one of three Ideas Labs to address grand challenges related to workforce development in the biological sciences, the geological sciences, and engineering was first announced in the “Improving Undergraduate STEM Education” (IUSE) program description [PD 14-7513]. The Dear Colleague Letter provides additional guidance on the specific themes of the three Ideas Labs and the process for applying to participate. Given the interdisciplinary themes involved and the innovative nature of the Ideas Lab process, we anticipate interest from a diverse range of communities, both in terms of STEM education and research disciplinary expertise, employment sector, and academic institution type.
Applications to participate in one of the Ideas Labs should be submitted close to the IUSE target date of 4 February 2014.
NASA Space Grant Funding Opportunities for NSHE Faculty include opportunities to:
- propose traditional classroom curricula and/or develop on-line lessons and curricula that can enhance existing science and engineering courses through our Curriculum Development opportunity;
- submit proposals designed to train and develop the nations’ and NASA’s Aerospace Science and Engineering workforce through Hands-on Training (HOT) activity-based programs;
- propose Informal Education activities to encourage lifelong learning and social interaction; especially, enhancement activities associated with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields;
- promote and increase awareness regarding the availability of NASA content-based materials among Pre-College teachers so they can effectively integrate these materials into their future or ongoing teaching endeavors. The program is intended to further enable teachers to utilize the excitement of space-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to inspire students from an early age to consider and prepare for a STEM career path.
- and through our Research Infrastructure Development Opportunity, we are looking to support Collaboration Building; Travel Grants (no foreign travel allowed) and Small Proposal Development awards.
Please see the full solicitations at the following link for important submission details.
Available by: Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium and Nevada System of Higher Education System Sponsored Programs and EPSCoR Office
Nevada System of Higher Education
Sponsored Programs and EPSCoR Office
When: Friday, November 15th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM or Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (choose the day that suits your schedule).
Where: Western Nevada College – Jack C. Davis Observatory, 2699 Van Patten Drive, Carson City, Nevada 89703.
Who: Current Nevada high school and college students and teachers.
Learn about the paid research and program opportunities for Nevada students and teachers of K-16 funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) EPSCoR
Meet and hear from Nevada high school and college students and teachers who will share their funded research projects
Find a place in the Nevada Stem Pipeline to suit your needs
Consider creating a Nevada Academy of Sciences and Technology.
Meet representatives from the Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
To develop cyber-enabled instructional methods based on video game practices to transform Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education
Las Vegas, Nevada –The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has received an award of $749,700 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a period of three years to develop Cyber-Learning Activities to Scaffold STEM practices (CLASSP). This project is funded through NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, Track III-Infrastructure Improvement Program; whose mission is to support the strategic goal of broadening participation of underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, individuals in underserved rural regions of the country, and to improve future research and development competitiveness of EPSCoR jurisdictions.
The goal of CLASSP is to establish a cyber-learning framework to attract interest and participation in STEM education for underrepresented students in urban and rural centers. CLASSP will be introduced to students in Nevada through existing partnerships within the Nevada Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP). GEAR UP targets the college preparation for at-risk and minority students with a vision to change the culture of schools located in economically disadvantaged communities so that students are prepared academically and have resources to attend and succeed in college. Through this partnership, CLASSP’s learning methodology will be piloted in hybrid formats with students in the urban settings of Reno and Las Vegas. It will then be expanded to meet the interests and needs of rural educators and students in remote areas of Nevada.
CLASSP will be under the leadership of Principal Investigators, Dr. PG Schrader and MaryKay Orgill from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “CLASSP is a pilot project that combines a rich line of research from the area of online learning with a valuable feedback system that has been informed by video games,” stated Dr. Schrader. “Ultimately, CLASSP is an opportunity to examine best practices for Nevada’s future by providing opportunities to engage traditionally underrepresented middle school students in STEM activities across socio-economic and geographic boundaries throughout our amazingly diverse state.”
The project will develop collaborations between researchers, faculty members and students across NSHE including, Drs. Henry Sun and Kumud Acharya, Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas; Dr. Jacque Ewing-Taylor and Nancy Latourrette, M.S; University of Nevada, Reno.
The program will evaluate how gaming literature can be utilized to promote significant gains in personal interest, discourse, argumentation, and peer review in an online, hybrid setting.
CLASSP will promote educational practices that will engage the participants by adapting systems typically used in videogames to encourage specific behavior such as; world exploration, questing, or social play. “CLASSP offers an excellent opportunity to leverage some of the strengths of the state in order to benefit all students in Nevada. Because I grew up in Nevada, the fact that knowledgeable researchers and educators from across the state are coming together to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education means a lot to me, and I’m excited that I am able to contribute to such a project in my home state,” stated Dr. Orgill. Subsequently, the program will identify best practices to train and support network practitioners implementing Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and STEM education through this infrastructure. The project’s low technology requirements can easily be integrated into the most rudimentary technology infrastructure, which makes CLASSP particularly effective in meeting the needs of rural educators and students in remote areas of Nevada. The lessons learned will inform teacher training and STEM education of diverse students.
“We are so pleased that Drs. Schrader and Orgill and their team received this very competitiveaward from the National Science Foundation. This was one of five projects funded, and it willdeliver sustainable learning activities to complement existing NSF investments in broadeningparticipation. Additionally, the project will demonstrate novel and effective strategicapproaches for inclusiveness that can be adapted and replicated nationally,” concluded Dr.Gayle Dana, Nevada State EPSCoR Director.
About The Nevada System of Higher Education: The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute. NSHE, governed by the Nevada Board of Regents, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada, the 15th fastest growing state in the nation, and provides educational opportunities to more than 105,000 students. For more information regarding NSHE please visit: http://www.nevada.edu
About the Nevada Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): The goal of Nevada EPSCoR is to support collaborative research partnerships between higher education institutions and private industries to create long-term improvements in scientific research and infrastructures, strengthening our research and development capacity in Nevada and at a national level. Nevada EPSCoR programs enhance graduate education, stimulate undergraduate student research, and promote the involvement of women and underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. For more information on Nevada EPSCoR please visit: http://epscorspo.nevada.edu
Martha Delgado Nevada System of Higher Education
702.522.7082 702.522.7077 fax
Congratulations to Abby Beck, Dr. Gale Sinatra, and Dr. Doug Lombardi for receiving the International Award for Excellence for their publication, “Leveraging Higher-Education Instructors in the Climate Literacy Effort: Factors Related to University Faculty’s Propensity to Teach Climate Change. The award was given by the Climate Change Knowledge Community and published in The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses.
The study discusses how higher education systems across the country are utilizing resources for climate change education, and revealed insights into the current state of university faculty members’ response to climate change and teaching about climate change.
For more information about the award and the Climate Change Knowledge Community, visit:
The Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada
Request for Proposals 2013-2014
Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
NSHE announces the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) scholarship program to promote undergraduate research in all NSHE institutions. The program is supported by funding from Nevada’s NSF EPSCoR Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus program and the State of Nevada. Students working in any STEM discipline or addressing STEM-related issues are eligible, but at least 50% of the proposals will be awarded to projects that support the Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus mission and goals.
Research areas: Students working in any area of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) are encouraged to apply. Fields related to solar energy, water and/or environmental research are of special interest. These include (but are not limited to): Biology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Climatology, Computer Science, Ecology, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, Hydrology, Journalism, Natural Resources, and Political Science.
Scholarship amount: $4,000 for students and $750 for faculty mentors. Past recipients of the NSF-EPSCoR undergraduate research awards are eligible to apply for a scholarship under this new award.
Please review the solicitation carefully for a full description of the program and requirements.
For questions or information, contact:
Michele Casella at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel: (702) 522-7076