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

Sep 19th, 2013 -- dmbsrs

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. 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.  See the full announcement (NSF 11-550) for further information

The NSF deadline for the full proposal is December 3, 2013.  RIT may submit only one Type 1 proposal. 

The intent of a STEP project should be to make a significant impact on the culture at an institution with the expectation that major portions of the impact will be sustained after the completion of the project. The most competitive proposals are those based on an institutional self-study that has determined when and why students leave STEM majors at the institution or identifies untapped recruitment opportunities and that focuses on changing the situation through appropriate strategies.

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.

Interested PIs should submit a one page concept paper to David Bond at dmbsrs@rit.edu by 5:00 pm on October 4, 2013.  This is required for Type 1 proposals only.