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Goal 3 Resources: Foster Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Education Reform

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Champion accessible, engaging undergraduate and graduate STEM programs and research experiences to promote interest and success in STEM fields, including teaching, for diverse students.


1. News Stories

Short news stories about undergraduate and graduate STEM education activities on the Illinois campus.


2. Funded Projects Directory

Directory of current externally funded undergraduate and graduate STEM education projects on the Illinois campus.

3. Funding Opportunities for Researchers

External funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate STEM education programs and research.


4. Campus Resources

Campus Programs on Teaching and Learning


5. For Undergraduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for campus undergraduate and graduate students; resources for campus STEM educators. See Goal 1 Resources for post-high school opportunities for non-University of Illinois students.

  • ACES@illinois Undergraduate Research Journal. ACES@illinois undergraduate research journal is a premier undergraduate research journal founded by the Teaching Academy of the college of ACES to advance undergraduate research and provide a venue for publication for distinguished undergraduate researchers.
  • Adele Weight Loss Scholarships: The Adele Weight loss scholarship is $1000 which is a reward for needy students, purely based on fair judgments. So, if you face any sort of difficulty in paying your college dues, you can apply for Adele Weight Loss scholarship as the procedure to apply is really simple and unproblematic. The way to apply is really simple. All you need to do is just write down an essay of word count 1000 About “ Psychological and physiological consequences of obesity ” that should not have plagiarism and you need to deliver the easy to us at scholarships@Adeleweightloss.com in Word format. Don’t miss this golden opportunity because you can be the winner. Application Deadline: April 30, 2018
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship offers 300 annual awards to students (Illinois GPA 3.7 and above) who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the United States. The awards cover eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room/board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Current junior or exceptional sophomore students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or resident aliens may apply. Applicants should be committed to a Ph.D. in the research fields of mathematics, sciences, or engineering. Candidates who intend to study medicine are eligible if they plan a career in research rather than a career in private medical practice. Barry M. Goldwater National Scholarship website. Applications Open: September 1, 2017; Deadline: January 27, 2017.
  • CMAA Foundation Scholarship Program. CMAA's Foundation provides scholarships yearly for selected students plus a paid trip to the Rising CM Conference and National Conference & Trade Show. Scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate student program in a construction management or CM-related program for the next school year. Candidates must have completed a minimum of one full academic year and have a minimum of one full year remaining in their course of study. Scholarships are for one year. Dates not yet announced. 2016 Application
  • Illinois Chemistry Research Opportunities. Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research during their undergraduate careers. Research provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the classroom to an original problem. In addition, prospective employers and graduate schools both strongly value the undergraduate research experience.
  • Information Trust Institute: Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP). ICSSP provides scholarships for students in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and law, to allow these students to pursue degrees in Information Assurance (IA) and computer security. Students will be engaged in team-based projects — based on specific topics, such as the power grid, avionics systems, and enterprise computing — in which they build example applications using the latest computer security techniques. Upon graduation, recipients must work for a Federal government agency in an IA position for two years. Minority students and two-year college transfer students are encouraged to participate. ICSSP scholarships will cover tuition, room and board, books, and some travel for the last two years of study for a bachelor's degree. In addition, students will receive an annual stipend. Applications due March 31, 2017.
  • MigVapor Essay Contest which offers scholarship awards for the students who present their well-researched and evidence-based essay to encourage smokers to kick their addiction. Mig Vapor creates products designed to help people reduce their dependency on tobacco, and awards $3,000 scholarships each semester to students who help bring awareness to the dangers of smoking. Dates: Apply by May 31st, 2017 for full consideration.
  • The Monica’s Health Magazine Academic Scholarship Program. We strongly believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right and staying active, is beneficial in building a strong mind and good character that will serve you and others well throughout your entire life. That is why we are proud to announce the Monica’s Health Magazine scholarship, awarded to two qualified applicants each year, in the amount of $2500 (two thousand five hundred U.S. dollars) to each of the two winners. We are happy to help with the growth and education of these individuals that will result in healthier and more productive members of our society. Application Deadline: August 30, 2017.
  • nano@illinois Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates a 10-week nanotechnology research experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Benefits include: $5000 stipend, $700 travel support, on-campus housing, meal stipent, hands-on research, faculty/peer mentoring, professional development, networking. Dates: March 1, 2016
  • Pathways to Science Resources for undergraduates, including:
  • The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program for all full-time students, as well as to high school seniors that have been awarded acceptance letters for the upcoming school year. All applicants will get a chance to win $2000 that will be used to cover academic expenses including, but not limited to, tuition fees, books, laptops, and other equipment. The three winners with the best applications will be selected and awarded $2000 each to cover the aforementioned expenses. Applications due 11:59 PM EST, March 30, 2017.
  • Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP): Ten-week program summer research program provides undergraduate students from underrepresented populations an opportunity to explore careers in research. SROP helps strengthen students' knowledge, skills, and understanding of graduate school. Activities afford participants opportunities to establish relationships with faculty in their fields, conduct research supervised by a renowned faculty member, experience the graduate school culture, and learn what is expected of them as graduate students in their discipline at Illinois. All Documents and Application must be submitted by February 10, 2017
  • VapingDaily Scholarship: We here at VapingDaily.com are excited to offer $6,000 in scholarships every year to three people, who share the issue about the hazards of smoking. The following questions must be answered and typed in essay form (1,000–1,500 words) and submitted by the candidates:
    • Why do you see smoking as a problem for individuals and society?
    • What is the best way for society to overcome the issue of smoking, and why?
    • What would a smoke-free world look like, and how would it differ from the world today?
    • What message do you have for current smokers?
    Application period begins July 10th, 2017 and ends October 1st, 2017.

Specifically for Students of Under-Served/Economically Disadvantaged Groups
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP): January 3, 2017
  NIH UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers Scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
  • Application Opens: January 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Letter of Recommendation Deadline: March 28, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • EFN Form with 2015 Tax Year Information Deadline: May 9, 2017
  • Invitations to Phone Interview Distributed: Mid-June, 2017
  • Phone Interviews for Admission: Mid-July, 2017
  • Selection of Scholars: Late-July, 2017

6. For Graduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for graduate students will be added as information becomes available.

  • Adele Weight Loss Scholarships: The Adele Weight loss scholarship is $1000 which is a reward for needy students, purely based on fair judgments. So, if you face any sort of difficulty in paying your college dues, you can apply for Adele Weight Loss scholarship as the procedure to apply is really simple and unproblematic. The way to apply is really simple. All you need to do is just write down an essay of word count 1000 About “ Psychological and physiological consequences of obesity ” that should not have plagiarism and you need to deliver the easy to us at scholarships@Adeleweightloss.com in Word format. Don’t miss this golden opportunity because you can be the winner. Application Deadline: April 30, 2018
  • Argonne National Laboratory Graduate Programs - various programs/deadlines.
  • Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. Since 2007, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists have been open to scientists in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Beginning in the 2014 awards cycle, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences expanded the faculty awards to include young scientists across the US. The Blavatnik National Awards recognize excellence in three disciplinary categories: Life Sciences; Physical Sciences & Engineering; and Chemistry. Every year, one Blavatnik Laureate in each category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

    Campus NOI: TBA, submission form; Campus pre-proposal: TBA, submission form Sponsor nomination deadline: TBA

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grants - The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at CHF offers grants to assist with travel and accommodation expenses for researchers who wish to use its primary research collections for short-term research (periods of either one or two weeks). CHF houses a wealth of resources in the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies and industries. Travel grant recipients have access to the collections of the Othmer Library (including its art and artifacts) during normal operating hours and are encouraged to use CHF’s oral history materials. They will be assigned a workspace in the Jacobs Reading Room with Wi-Fi access.
  • Graduate College's Office of External Fellowships offers one-on-one proposal advising services for Illinois graduate students. It is recommended that drafts be submitted to OEF at least 4 weeks prior to the fellowship deadline.
  • Information Trust Institute: Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP). ICSSP provides scholarships for students in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and law, to allow these students to pursue degrees in Information Assurance (IA) and computer security. Students will be engaged in team-based projects — based on specific topics, such as the power grid, avionics systems, and enterprise computing — in which they build example applications using the latest computer security techniques. Upon graduation, recipients must work for a Federal government agency in an IA position for two years. Minority students and two-year college transfer students are encouraged to participate. ICSSP scholarships will cover tuition, room and board, books, and some travel for the last two years of study for a bachelor's degree. In addition, students will receive an annual stipend. Applications due March 31, 2017.
  • MigVapor Essay Contest which offers scholarship awards for the students who present their well-researched and evidence-based essay to encourage smokers to kick their addiction. Mig Vapor creates products designed to help people reduce their dependency on tobacco, and awards $3,000 scholarships each semester to students who help bring awareness to the dangers of smoking. Dates: Apply by May 31st, 2017 for full consideration.
  • The Monica’s Health Magazine Academic Scholarship Program. We strongly believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right and staying active, is beneficial in building a strong mind and good character that will serve you and others well throughout your entire life. That is why we are proud to announce the Monica’s Health Magazine scholarship, awarded to two qualified applicants each year, in the amount of $2500 (two thousand five hundred U.S. dollars) to each of the two winners. We are happy to help with the growth and education of these individuals that will result in healthier and more productive members of our society. Application Deadline: August 30, 2017.
  • Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellows Program. In honor of Nadine Barrie Smith's life and achievements, Nadine's husband, Andrew Webb, established the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund, which provides fellowships to female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging (e.g., ultrasound, optical, magnetic resonance) at the Beckman Institute. Two $4,000 fellowships are being offered for Fall 2013. Preference for awarding the fellowships shall be given to students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Applications due March 10, 2017.
  • Job Opportunity: National Non Profit Organization seeks to hire someone in northern Illinois to grow their summer STEM enrichment program. The job is a fulltime opportunity starting in July 2014. Job Description.
    Note from the NPO's VP of sales, “Many of our successful Regional Program Managers are very connected to our industry – STEM Education, school districts, STEM community supporters, etc. – already in their local communities, and had a background of selling programs and products in the K-12 arena.”
  • L'Oreal Post-Doc Funding Opportunity: L'Oreal's For Women in Science program has recognized more than 1,000 women iscienctists in over 100 countrie3s since the program began in 1998. We're looking for five exceptional female scientists in the U.S. to be role models for the next generation and to help encourage girls to pursue careers in science. Flyer. For more info and application.
  • National Science Foundation: Earth Sciences Grad/Postdoc Fellowships. The Division of Earth Sciences Research (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to highly qualified investigators within 3 years of obtaining their Ph.D. to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines. The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. Applications due January 9, 2018.
  • Pathways to Science. Resources for graduate students, including graduate programs, fellowships, short-term opportunities (travel funds, summer, institutes, etc.), as well as resources about how to get funding, apply to graduate school, and prepare applications.
  • VapingDaily Scholarship: We here at VapingDaily.com are excited to offer $6,000 in scholarships every year to three people, who share the issue about the hazards of smoking. The following questions must be answered and typed in essay form (1,000–1,500 words) and submitted by the candidates:
    • Why do you see smoking as a problem for individuals and society?
    • What is the best way for society to overcome the issue of smoking, and why?
    • What would a smoke-free world look like, and how would it differ from the world today?
    • What message do you have for current smokers?
    Application period begins July 10th, 2017 and ends October 1st, 2017.

7. For Young Professionals: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for those who have finished all requisite training necessary for an advanced degree, but have not yet reached the level of tenure within their universitiy

  • Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM²D Scholars Program : The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Program aims to fuel the development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. The awards will fund one woman per discipline who has completed her advanced degree, who is working as an assistant professor and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university or design institution. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM2D fields.
    Applications due October 31, 2017.