August September Newsletter 2017

August/September 2017
Welcome to the SEIRI Newsletter. With each issue we will keep you informed of the latest information regarding upcoming STEM events, funding opportunities and STEM news. Please feel free to contact Sheila Summers,, with questions or comments.


Anthony Chase, Evaluation Specialist from SEIRI, and Grant Fore , Research Associate from SEIRI, presented at the PLTL Conference in Chicago, June 4-6, 2017. Their featured workshop, How do we Know if PLTL Worked Anyway?, was designed to help educators implementing PLTL programming consider best practices for program evaluation and assessment.Pratibha Varma-Nelson also presented, Replicating Peer-Led Team Learning in Cyberspace: Research, Opportunities, and Challenges.

Annwesa Dasgupta has joined the SEIRI staff as a Post Doc. She will be assisting with evaluations and assessments. Coming from Purdue University, Annwesa specializes in Biological Sciences and Assessment Development.We are glad to have her with us.

Congratulations to Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Director of SEIRI. Dr. Varma- Nelson has been selected as a member of the 2017 class of the American Chemical Society Fellows. ACS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science/profession and for providing excellent volunteer service to the ACS community. The 2017 ACS Fellows will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC, on Monday, August 21st.

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SEIRI Seed Grants

Pratibha Varma-Nelson
SEIRI recently awarded seven projects a total of $210,000 as part of the SEIRI Seed Grant program. Pratibha Varma-Nelson said, "The grants provide faculty within STEM departments seed funding for education, innovation and research. They will also enable faculty to be more competitive to receive external funding, such as fro the National Science Foundation of National Institutes of Health."

Congratulations to the IUPUI researches across several STEM disciplines who submitted high-quality projects for the SEIRI Seed Grant program. For more information, Click here

News at IUPUI has released a news release as well, highlighting the projects.

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Upcoming STEM Education Events

Focus on the National Science Foundation
DATE: Sept. 15, 2017
PLACE: IUPUI, University Library, Room 1126

Target Audience: IUPUI and IUPUC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in science and engineering.
For more information, Click here

Reviving Creativity in Our Introductory Physics Labs
DATE: Sept. 28, 2017
TIME: 3:30 PM

Mats Selen, U. of Illinois: Shifting focus of introductory labs toward creativity, design, sense-making, and communication.

Frontiers in Education
DATES: October 18-21, 2017
PLACE: Indianapolis, IN

Focusing on educational innovations and research in engineering and computing education. For more information,

Assessment Institute
DATES: October 22-24, 2017
PLACE: Indianapolis, IN

Focusing on outcomes assessment in higher education.
For more information, Click here

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Save the Dates
Ann Austin
Ann Austin - Strategies for Increasing Involvement of Women Scholars in STEM Field: Lessons from Advance Institutions
DATE: Mon, Oct 23, 2017
TIME: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
PLACE: University Library, Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI

What strategies have been used in universities across the country to create institutional environments that encourage the success of women scholars? Which strategies work most effectively, and why? Leading organizational change in higher education to create more inclusive environments and to support a more diverse faculty requires strategic choices about appropriate levers for change that are effective in complex organizations.
Michael Ashby
Michael Ashby
DATE: Wed, Nov. 8, 2017
TIME: 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Michael Ashby received his Bachelor's of Science Degree and Ph.D from the University of Arizona. Michael did his postdoc research at University of Wurzburg in Germany.
Erin Dolan
Erin Dolan - Engaging Undergraduates in Research at Scale: What if the treatment is a CURE?
DATE: Fri, Nov. 17, 2017
TIME: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
PLACE: University Library, Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI

Erin Dolan is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia.
Isiah Warner
Isiah Warner - Reflections on STEM Programs within the Office of Strategic Initiatives
DATE: Wed, Mar 28, 2018
TIME: 3:00-5:30 PM EST
PLACE: Campus Center Theater, CE 002

In the United States, less than half of the students who enter into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate programs as freshmen will graduate with a STEM degree. On this basis, there is a clear need for innovative initiatives that promote undergraduate retention and achievement within STEM. The LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has developed a stable of such initiatives.
Effective Conference Posters

This lecture will provide practical information on how to create an effective research poster. Topics discussed will include how to select appropriate text and images and how to optimize a poster's layout to reveal a study's outcomes. Dinner will be served from 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10
5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: tba

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Upcoming Funding Opportunities
For more information on working with SEIRI, Click here.
For more funding opportunities, Click here.

REU: Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Full Proposal Deadline: August 23, 2017
For more information, click here.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Full Proposal Deadline: August 29, 2017
For more information, click here.

ITEST: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
Full Proposal Deadline: September 5, 2017
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AISL EHR: Advancing Informal STEM Learning
Limited Submission Deadline: September 6, 2017.For more information, Click here.
Full Proposal Deadline: November 6, 2017.For more information, Click here

EHR Core Research: Fundamental Research in STEM Education
Full Proposal Deadline: September 14, 2017.
For more information, Click here

RFE: Research in the Formation of Engineers
Full Proposal Deadline: September 27, 2017; January 24, 2018.
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ATE: Advanced Technological Education
Full Proposal Deadline: October 5, 2017.
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IUSE EHR: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Full Proposal Deadline: November, 2017.
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LSAMP: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation
Full Proposal Deadline: November 3, 2017.
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DRK-12: Discovery Research Pre K-12
Full Proposal Deadline: November 14, 2017.
For more information, Click here

AGEP: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
Full Proposal Deadline: December 8, 2017.
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NRT: National Research Traineeship Program
Full Proposal Deadline: February, 2018.
For more information, Click here

PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PRE: RIEF)
Full Proposal Deadline: February 22, 2018.
For more information, Click here

S-STEM: Scholarship in STEM
Full Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2018.
For more information, Click here

CAREER: Faculty Early Career Development Program
Full Proposal Deadline: July, 2018 (Dates vary by directorate).
For more information, Click here

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