STEM Innovation Summit 2017

The Einstein Project invites administrators, educators and other STEM education stakeholders to participate in this opportunity to promote excellence in K-12 STEM initiatives.  We are hosting this free STEM Innovation Summit on Thursday, November 16, 8 AM to 3 PM at the UW-Green Bay Weidner Center.  Join us to hear featured guest speakers from The Smithsonian Science Center, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, as well as panel discussions with experts in the field of Makerspaces and curriculum implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Learn how updates to Wisconsin’s science standards will impact your STEM curriculum and professional development needs. Hear about the successes and challenges from district leaders already making changes to meet the rigor envisioned in the Next Generation Science Standards. District team participation is encouraged to help you to develop a shared vision for the future and chart a course to remain on the cutting edge in STEM education.


8 AM – Registration
9 AM –  STEM Talks
10 AM – Makers Mindset
11 AM – Lunch
12:15 PM  –  WI Standards Panel
1:30 PM – Smithsonian Interview
3 PM – Talk Tank Reception


Registration can be found at

Teaching STEM In Ways that Respect and Build Upon Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

What Is The Issue?

Indigenous ways of knowing are sometimes thought to be in opposition to and detrimental to the learning of Western Science or STEM. Consequently, indigenous ways of knowing are rarely engaged to support learning. If STEM learning is to be meaningful and transformative for Indigenous youth, respecting Indigenous peoples rights and related critical issues, including Indigenous STEM, settler-colonialism, and decolonization, must be understood and explicitly addressed in Indigenous youths’ informal and formal STEM learning experiences.

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Discovery Research PreK-12 Program Solicitation

National Science Foundation

Directorate for Education & Human Resources
Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

November 14, 2017

November 14, 2018

Synopsis of Program:

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

Submit your Proposal for Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Full Proposal Deadline Date

November 6, 2017


The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.


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Address Questions to the  Program (703)292-8616
For administrative questions contact the Program by e-mail at or phone at (703)292-8616

American Indian Science & Engineering Society Opportunity for STEM students

Apply for the 4th “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM” cohort! 

In 2014, AISES was awarded a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM” program. The program’s goal is to increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty positions at universities and tribal colleges across the country. The program aims to create an intergenerational community of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior and senior faculty members.

This full circle of support will help guide students to successful degree completion and advancement to the next stage on the academic career path. In addition to full circle mentorship, the program strives to provide students with valuable academic and professional support, travel funding, and educational, research, fellowship, and internship opportunities.


  • Full time undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoctoral scholar in a field within Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Geosciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, STEM Education, or Engineering at an accredited four-year college/university or two-year college. Must be enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree.
  • Interest in becoming a faculty member at a college, university, or tribal college.
  • Have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA), with consideration being given to applicants reflecting somewhat lower GPAs but with high potential to raise the GPA above 3.0.
  • Current member of AISES.

Selection of students will seek balance with respect to a diversity of tribes, geographic areas in the United States, STEM majors, and gender. While the focus is primarily on American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians, all AISES members are eligible. The selection process will attempt to ensure that a diversity of STEM disciplines is reflected.

Scholars in the program will receive an annual participation stipend of $2,250 for two years, and two years of travel funding to attend the AISES National Conference and AISES Leadership Summit or discipline-specific professional conference. Scholars will be matched with an AISES selected faculty mentor to interact with at least monthly.  Scholars are required to participate in skill-building, professional-development in-person programming and webinars. Finally, scholars will have the opportunity to engage in an active community of Native STEM researchers.


  • You must be either an undergraduate student, graduate student, or post-doctoral fellow to apply.
  • Complete the “Lighting the Pathway” application online:
  • Submit the following supporting documents to
    • Unofficial transcript(s)
    • CV/Resume
    • One Letter of Recommendation
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by July 24, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy DeerInWater at kdeerinwater@aises.orgor 720-552-6123 ext. 107.


Upcoming NSF Funding Opportunities

The NSF ITEST solicitation is now open.

Synopsis of ITEST Program:
As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding1. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education2. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

If interested, you may find the proposal preparation materials that are here useful:

Native Student Scholarship to IACP 2017

NIJ is accepting applications from American Indian and Alaska Native students in the STEM fields to attend IACP 2017.
​NIJ is seeking to sponsor five (5) undergraduate or graduate students, who are American Indian or Alaska Natives studying science, technology, engineering, and math, to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (IACP) conference in Philadelphia onOctober 21–24, 2017.
These students will have the opportunity to interact with criminal justice scientists and practitioners and attend panel discussions on the most urgent issues facing communities and innovative, evidence-based solutions.
As NIJ is committed to uniting STEM research and criminal justice, and advancing diverse perspectives about persistent crime problems across a broad range of demographics and disciplines, we look forward to implementing this new program.
Learn how to apply, and share with others who may be interested
Applications are due June 30, 2017.

Deadline Fast Approaching…AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants!

Corporation for National and Community Service seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Disaster Services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation
  • Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities, specifically opportunity youth (see Glossary), both as the population served and as AmeriCorps members
  • Education – improving student academic performance, including subject matter related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools.
  • Healthy Futures – positively impacting behavioral health outcomes and/or increasing the capacity of tribal communities to offer behavioral health prevention and support services
  • Veterans and Military Families – positively impacting the quality of life of veterans and improving military family strength

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications to the 2017 Notice of Funding is Wednesday, May 10,  2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here for more details.

Job Announcement Senior Research Associate – TERC STEM Education Evaluation Center (SEEC)

The STEM Education Evaluation Center (SEEC) at TERC is seeking a Senior Research Associate with a background in STEM education, experience in mixed methods with strong skills in qualitative research, and comfort with technology to join our growing Center.

TERC is a non-profit math, science, and technology education research and development company in Cambridge, MA. SEEC builds upon TERC’s nearly 50 years of work in STEM education to provide evaluation research and consulting.  Our work in diverse settings (K-12, higher ed, informal learning) ranges from close observations of single events to large-scale multi-year research studies and evaluations.

The Senior Researcher will lead major components of several SEEC STEM education evaluation projects, and may contribute to work on other SEEC projects or new proposals over time. Responsibilities include research design, instrument/ protocol development, data collection and interviewing, data organization, data analysis and interpretation, writing and reporting, and conference presentations. The Senior Researcher will communicate frequently with clients and partner organizations, and will collaborate closely with a variety of TERC staff.

Education, Experience, and Skill Requirements:

  • Master’s degree with 3+ years research experience, or Doctoral degree (preferred) in education research, psychology, sociology, or related field;
  • Extensive prior work on education or education-related social science research or evaluation projects with qualitative components;
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting quantitative data;
  • Experience/ training in:
    • Designing surveys, interview protocols, and observation guides;
    • Conducting individual and focus group interviews and observations in classrooms and/ or other learning environments;
    • Creating and testing coding rubrics and applying them to several types of data analysis including survey responses, interviews, classroom discourse, and online sources (e.g., discussion boards);
    • Conducting and interpreting statistical analyses including data transformations, multiple regression and hypothesis testing;
    • Use of technology tools for data collection and analysis (e.g., NoviSurvey, Filemaker, NVivo, Excel, SPSS, R);
  • Familiarity with a variety of education environments;
  • Knowledge of and experience with STEM education including computer science or engineering;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including comfort communicating with school and university personnel, writing for a variety of audiences and purposes, and the ability to draw conclusions from evidence and present alternative perspectives or explanations;
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to independently manage your own work, and to coordinate with and help investigators manage project-wide activities;
  • Desirable but not required: classroom teaching experience; a degree in a STEM field; your own research interests;
  • Interest and curiosity in STEM education a must!

Salary commensurate with experience. Candidates from historically under-represented communities or who have significant research experience with such communities are encouraged to apply. Please submit a resume and a statement of interest by email to Marlene Mitchell at or c/o TERC, 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.  Please do not call.

Grants to Artists

Clark Hulings Fund Accepting Applications From Professional Artists for Specific Projects

POSTED: September 2, 2014
DEADLINE: September 30, 2014

The Clark Hulings Fund helps professional visual artists seize opportunities to drive their careers forward. By providing targeted support at pivotal moments in an artist’s career, the fund aims to improve his or her prospects and enable more people to encounter and be enriched by the artist’s work.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to professional visual artists who have secured tangible prospects for advancing their careers but lack the financial resources to capitalize on those opportunities. Examples include but are not limited to the completion of work due to a gallery, museum, or private collection engagement; the transportation of work (or of the artist) to an exhibition of his or her material; the management of logistical or technical requirements to realize a project; etc. The fund does not support performance, literary, or commercial work.

To be eligible, applicants must be professional painters, artists working on paper, or sculptors who employ traditional media (not including photography, film, or video); have had their work published and/or exhibited professionally; and be pursuing specific opportunities or projects for which support from the fund would make a substantive difference.

Visit the Clark Hulings Fund website for complete program guidelines, information about past recipients, and application instructions.