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Resources to 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.

Website that lets you sort through over 65 scholarships available to those pursuing a degree in STEM fields.



5. Miscellaneous STEM Websites/Resources

  • New! 101 of the Best Places to Learn to Code For Free (2021). Article on Learn to Code with me, a platform inspiring students to self-teach themselves technical skills. The article serves as a compilation of free, intuitive coding resources ranging from specific programming languages (Python, Ruby, HTML. etc.) to potential career paths (Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Data Science, etc.) .
  • New! MIT Open Courseware Developed by MIT, contains course materials on previously taught classes at MIT. Contains topics in all aspects of STEM at the undergraduate and graduate level, in addition to non-STEM topics.
  • Industry and Career Resources for Promoting Diversity in Engineering. Article cites the advantages gained from diversity, the current demographics of the engineering industry, plus, challenges and barriers to minorities in engineering. Also included is a list of different types of engineering careers, plus resources about training, including financial resources.

6. 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.
  • Directed Energy Capstone Projects.DEPS, the Directed Energy Society, is encouraging undergraduate students to pursue capstone or senior design projects in directed energy (DE) areas. To this end, DEPS has established a program that funds suitable projects. This program is made possible by funding from the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and from DEPS. Fall 2021 Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2021; Spring 2022 Deadline: November 1, 2021.
  • Directed Energy Summer and Year-Round Intern Positions.Generally, interns will work for the summer in a laboratory or university under the tutelage of full time researchers. Work may be experimental, theoretical, or computer modeling and simulation, depending on the position. Specific work assignments, hours and pay will vary.
  • 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 7, 2021; Deadline: January 28, 2022.
  • Pathways to Science Resources for undergraduates, including:
  • Women in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Whether you are a woman—at any stage in your career—trying to break into cryptocurrency, or perhaps you are writing a grant to obtain support for women in crypto-related pursuits, this directory contains a comprehensive set of resources.

7. For Graduate Students: STEM Education Resources and Opportunities

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

  • Argonne National Laboratory Graduate Programs - various programs/deadlines.
  • Directed Energy Capstone Projects.DEPS, the Directed Energy Society, is encouraging undergraduate students to pursue capstone or senior design projects in directed energy (DE) areas. To this end, DEPS has established a program that funds suitable projects. This program is made possible by funding from the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and from DEPS. Fall 2021 Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2021; Spring 2022 Deadline: November 1, 2021.
  • Directed Energy Summer and Year-Round Intern Positions.Generally, interns will work for the summer in a laboratory or university under the tutelage of full time researchers. Work may be experimental, theoretical, or computer modeling and simulation, depending on the position. Specific work assignments, hours and pay will vary.
  • Directed Energy ScholarshipThis program offered partial scholarships up to $10,000 for the 2020-2021 school year. The number and amount of 2021-2022 scholarship awards will depend on available funding, which is provided by grants from the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office and the Office of Naval Research and by DEPS.Deadline: April 30, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Go Grad: Paying for Your PhD. Our guide includes a PhD cost breakdown for different degrees. It lists various expenses, including some that students may not have considered. There’s extensive information and resources to help students find financial aid options. Options including scholarships, grants and fellowships. A separate section looks at the earning potential of the most lucrative PhD careers. Throughout the guide, there’s expert advice to help people considering a PhD. This can help them make the best decision for them as an individual.
  • 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 September 8, 2021.
  • 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.

8. 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

  • New! Google Apprenticeships All apprentices will participate in on-the-job work experience and receive external training through a partner organization. Upon program completion, apprentices receive a nationally-recognized credential certified by the Department of Labor. Some of our tracks also include completing the corresponding Google Career Certificate. Tracks include :
    • Data Analytics
    • Digital Marketing
    • Information Technology
    • Project Management
    • Software Engineering
    • UX Design