National Science Foundation Spring Webinar Series

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Dear Colleague:

There is still time to register for the first webinar in the
NSF Webinar Series focused on the Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education
(TUES) Program and presented by Engineering and Computer Science Program
Officers of the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education- Funding Decision
Processes at NSF. Duplicate sessions on this topic are scheduled for March 6th
and 7th
[at 1 p.m. Eastern Time — ed.]. In addition, registration is still open for three
subsequent webinars- Proposal Writing Strategies, Project Evaluation, and
Making an Impact: Building Sustainable and Transportable Projects. Details are
provided below.

NSF Spring Webinar Series Announced- Register Now!

 
Are
you interested in giving your faculty a competitive edge in writing
proposals for educational research and development projects such as
those supported by the National Science Foundation’s Transforming
Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Program {formerly the Course,
Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Program} or for research
projects with significant educational components (e.g., the BRIGE and
CAREER programs)? Then you will want to make arrangements for them to
participate as a group in one or more of the eight upcoming National
Science Foundation sponsored interactive, web-based workshops all of
which will be presented by current Engineering and Computer Science
Program Directors in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
 
To
achieve the optimal benefits of the individual workshops, you are
strongly encouraged to have your faculty participate as a group. Whereas
the principal thrust of the Workshop Series is to engage Engineering
and Computer Science faculties, institutions are free to invite faculty
from other STEM disciplines and collaborative faculty from non-STEM
disciplines.
 
Four sets of duplicate TUES proposal preparation
workshops are being offered. The first scheduled NSF workshop (Sessions
S121 and S122) is DUE Funding Decision Processes (FDP) at NSF. This
workshop was presented for the first time last and provides an in-depth
explanation and discussion of the scope, objectives and expectations of
the TUES Program as well as the factors that influence funding
decisions. The next scheduled workshop (Sessions S123 and S124) is a
continuation of the successive series of Proposal Writing Strategies and
Reviewers Feedback (PWS) Workshops presented to over 1200 engineering
faculty members at more than 150 different institutions during the past 3
years. This workshop encompasses a comprehensive exploration of
effective writing strategies. Project Evaluation (PE) will be the sole
focus of the third workshop (Sessions S125 and S126). In the past, both
project evaluation and broader impacts have been discussed in single
workshop session. Limiting the content of the session to project
evaluation alone will permit greater in-depth exploration of the
complexities of project evaluation and assessment strategies.  The final
workshop session, Making an Impact: Building Sustainable, Transportable
Projects (MI) (Sessions S127 and S128) will provide strategies for
strengthening project components that address the Broader Impacts
criterion and address the critical expectations of the TUES Program. 
 
All the workshops will be provided at no cost to your institution. 

The NSF Workshop Series schedule is:

Session Topic Date Time
S121 FDP Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:00 p.m.
S122 FDP Tuesday, March 7, 2012 1:00 p.m.
S123 PWS Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:00 p.m.
S124 PWS Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:00 p.m.
S125 PE Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:00 p.m.
S124 PE Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:00 p.m.
S127 MI Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:00 p.m.
S128 MI Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Following the format introduced last Spring, each workshop will be
divided into two 60-minute segments with a 15-minute break between the
segments and a lengthy (up to 45 minute) Q&A session following the
second segment. Thus, in addition to any time for orientation prior to
the beginning of the workshop, approximately 3 hours should be scheduled
for each of the workshops.

Orientation sessions will be offered February 28 and 29; March 1; and
March 5 to provide opportunities to check communications links and ask
questions about moderating and facilitating the workshop sessions.

Alternative communications links- VoIP and telephone- between the
host institutions and the presenters will be provided. The presentations
will still be broadcast via VoIP.

For more information concerning the Workshop Series and registration, please go to the following website:

On the web site, you can review abstracts for each of the workshops as
well as bios for the NSF Engineering and Computer Science Program
Directors who will be presenting the workshops. After reviewing the
Preliminary Guidelines that provide a complete explanation of the
logistics for the Workshop Series, you will be able to register your
college and/or department for the workshops.

You will be asked to provide a local facilitator, an appropriate
facility and technical support for the workshop. The Preliminary
Guidelines posted on the website provide detailed guidance for
submitting a request for your institution’s participation and for
hosting one or more of the workshops. As indicated in the Preliminary
Guidelines, whereas group participation of faculty is preferred,
individual participation will be permitted.

To achieve the broadest possible distribution and participation, this
invitation is being sent to deans and associate deans of engineering;
computer science department chairs; past local workshop facilitators;
and engineering and computer science PIs of current CCLI and TUES
projects. Upon receipt of this invitation, we suggest that you
collaborate with other individuals to help promote and sponsor
participation of the faculty in one or more of these workshops.

Please give this invitation your timely attention, since the number of institutions that can be accommodated is limited.

Sincerely,

Roger K. Seals, PE, Project Director
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Louisiana State University