National Science Foundation Education Newsletter Year in Review

Dear UF College of Education faculty, NSF STEM Education truly had a year to remember! To start, in collaboration with the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, EDU announced the first cohort of ExLENT awardees. Through this new program, the agency expanded practical learning opportunities to unleash and grow STEM talent nationwide.

The directorate increased its outreach engagement efforts in 2023 to reach communities who have minimum access to meaningful STEM pathways. As a result, EDU conducted outreach across Hawaii, Alabama, and West Virginia K-12 schools and higher education institutions throughout the U.S.

EDU recognizes the success of current and past grantees, including Dr. Natalie S. King of Georgia State University, who received the prestigious Alan T. Waterman Award for her exceptional research that has made a remarkable impact on the advancement of Black girls in science. To watch the recording of Dr. King’s lecture, click here.

Many of EDU’s supported educators and researchers also made advancements in key areas of STEM education. Through a gateway course to STEM careers, education researchers at Florida International University demonstrated how effective active learning is to helping students understand calculus.

Investigators at Morgan State University are providing hands-on training to graduate students who are researching AI and machine learning solutions to climate change and environmental sustainability. To spark STEM interest through informal education, PBS’s “Cyberchase” used text messages and media to engage Latinx families in math and environmental learning.

The directorate invested in other areas of national importance, including $25M in advanced manufacturing, $60M in AI, nearly $9M in biotechnology, $11M in microelectronics and semiconductors, and $10M in quantum. EDU is expecting to build upon its investments in education research, and workforce development. Lastly, during the fall of 2023, EDU had the opportunity to host a fireside chat with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and NSF’s INCLUDES National Network Convening. This fireside chat recognized her life’s work and devotion to STEM education and research.

OER Office Hours Spring 2024

Dear Colleagues, the Office of Educational Research is pleased to announce a new service for all COE faculty. We will provide consultation to anyone seeking support for sponsored research projects. Hop on our dedicated Zoom call to speak to an OER representative, where we will answer any pre-proposal questions you may have. Office hours for spring 2024 are 9:00AM-10:00AM and can be found below.

SPRING 2024

Feb 12, 2024, 09:00 AM

Feb 19, 2024, 09:00 AM

Feb 21, 2024, 09:00 AM

Feb 26, 2024, 09:00 AM

Feb 28, 2024, 09:00 AM

Mar 4, 2024, 09:00 AM

Mar 6, 2024, 09:00 AM

Mar 20, 2024, 09:00 AM

Mar 25, 2024, 09:00 AM

Mar 27, 2024, 09:00 AM

Apr 1, 2024, 09:00 AM

Apr 3, 2024, 09:00 AM

Apr 8, 2024, 09:00 AM

Zoom Link:

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97992150125

Meeting ID: 979 9215 0125

OER Events of Spring 2024!

Library Support for Researchers

Emily McElroy, Associate Dean for Research and Health Sciences

George A. Smathers Libraries

Tuesday, March 19 from 12:00noon-1:00pm 

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All Things Pre- & Post-Award Administration

Thomasenia Adams, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development

& Rosabel Ruiz, Associate Director, Research Administration 

Tuesday, March 26 from 12:00noon-1:00pm

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All Things Tenure & Promotion

Thomasenia Adams, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development 

Tuesday, April 2 from 11:00am-1200noon

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All sessions will be held in the Rosenberg Room ~ 2021 Norman Hall

Light refreshments will be served.

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Please direct any questions about these events to Ana Puig: anapuig@coe.ufl.edu 

We hope to see you there!

Webinar Registration – Updates to the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

Dear UF College of Education faculty, the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites you to attend an informative webinar— updates to the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 24-1) on Tuesday, March 12, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. There is no cost to participate. This webinar will cover changes and clarifications to the PAPPG which will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after May 20, 2024. A complete by-chapter summary of changes provides a quick overview of the changes of this Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

OER Office Hours

2024 OER Office Hours.

Dear Colleagues, the Office of Educational Research will provide consultation to anyone seeking support for sponsored research projects. Hop on our dedicated Zoom call to speak to an OER representative, where we will answer any pre-proposal questions you may have.

Office hours for spring 2024 are 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and can be found below. However, please note that office hours on January 17 and 24 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

SPRING 2024

Jan 17, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Jan 22, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Jan 24, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Jan 29, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Jan 31, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Feb 5, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Feb 7, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Feb 12, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Feb 19, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Feb 21, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Feb 26, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Feb 28, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Mar 4, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Mar 6, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Mar 20, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Mar 25, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Mar 27, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Apr 1, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Apr 3, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Apr 8, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Zoom Link:

https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97992150125

Meeting ID: 979 9215 0125

OER Spring 2024 Events

OER Spring 2024 Events. 

 

Library Support for Researchers

Emily McElroy, Associate Dean for Research and Health Sciences

George A. Smathers Libraries

Tuesday, March 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

 

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All Things Pre- & Post-Award Administration

Thomasenia Adams, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development

& Rosabel Ruiz, Associate Director, Research Administration

Tuesday, March 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

 

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All Things Tenure & Promotion

Thomasenia Adams, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development 

Tuesday, April 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

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All sessions will be held in the Rosenberg Room ~ 2021 Norman Hall

Light refreshments will be served.

Please direct any questions about these events to Ana Puig: anapuig@coe.ufl.edu 

We hope to see you there!

How to Stop Academic Fraudsters

How to Stop Academic Fraudsters.

In an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Alex Holcombe, Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney, highlights the inconsistencies and falsified information found within academic research and data collection. Holcombe indicates that in order for “science to be something that society can still trust,” accurate data management must be at the forefront to circumvent the potential for academic fraud. Please visit the article for further reference.

 

Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation: Transformation of Mental Health Care Program

Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation: Transformation of Mental Health Care Program.

The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation is interested in improving access to high-quality mental health care and prevention for children and adolescents through the use of novel models or promising approaches, including increasing the number of professional and paraprofessional treatment personnel who are trained to deliver mental health services; delivering care in non-psychiatric settings (e.g., primary care, schools, or other novel settings); digital technology; and approaches that help parents access care for their children.

Dear Colleague Letter: Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Incubators and Conferences for STEM Education Research with a Focus on Education Equity

Dear Colleague Letter: Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Incubators and Conferences for STEM Education Research with a Focus on Education Equity.

In this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF’s Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) is continuing collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation (Schmidt Futures), and the Walton Family Foundation to offer Incubator Research Coordination Network (RCN) proposal opportunities that support the development of mid-scale research infrastructure efforts, especially those that enable research on the assets and needs of those historically underrepresented in STEM and that lead to greater education equity. Mid-Scale RI Incubators will develop the groundwork for future Mid-Scale RI proposals in STEM education research. Mid-Scale RI Incubator or Conference proposals are due by 5 p.m. in the local submitter’s time zone on March 15, 2024.

Apply to Participate in the Institute on Mixture Modeling for Equity-Oriented Researchers, Scholars & Educators

Apply to Participate in the Institute on Mixture Modeling for Equity-Oriented Researchers, Scholars, & Educators.

The IES-funded Institute on Mixture Modeling for Equity-Oriented Researchers, Scholars & Educators (IMMERSE) is currently accepting applications for a one-year fellowship opportunity. Selected participants will receive in-depth training on how to use mixture models and be supported in the appropriate use of the modeling approach in their research.

The IMMERSE in-person training will take place at the University of California in Santa Barbara from June 3-6, 2024.

Applications are due by January 31, 2024. Please visit the IMMERSE website for more information and details about applying. For topic information and funding opportunities, visit the IES Methods Training for Education Research webpage.

IRB Requirement for Human Subjects (Exempt) on Proposals

IRB Requirement for Human Subjects (Exempt) on Proposals.

Attention University of Florida College of Education faculty, according to the Division of Sponsored Programs, faculty members who submit proposals and annotate that human subjects will be exempt must receive this exempt determination before submitting the proposal. To make your request, please visit the UF Institutional Review Board website.