“URGENT TURN-AROUND TIME”
Application deadline 12:00 pm on:
November 8, 2012
Commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy and proficiency, and the development of the STEM workforce are reflected in President Obama’s comprehensive efforts to improve STEM education. Congress passed and President Obama signed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which calls formation of a National Science and Technology Council Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) to create a 5-year strategic plan to advance the state of American STEM education.
In compliance with the CoSTEM Report, this solicitation seeks to contribute to “Serving Groups Traditionally Underrepresented in STEM Fields – Increase the number of individuals from underrepresented groups that graduate with STEM degrees.” Specifically, this solicitation directly focuses on the following priority areas”:
- Undergraduate STEM Education – Improve retention rates, including among groups traditionally underrepresented, in STEM majors during the first two years of undergraduate education
- Effective K-12 STEM Teacher Education – Increase the number and proportion of individuals, particularly from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, who complete teacher pre-service and in-service programs with an ability to increase students’’ understanding of STEM. (see pg. 4 of the CAN solicitation)