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NSF Reports on Graduate and Postdoctorates in Science, Engineering and Select Health Fields

Two reports have been released containing information on graduate and postdoctoral students in science and engineering fields. The first report presents data from the 2019 Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering showing trends in enrollment, postdoc appointments, and other selected characteristics. 

The second report, Trends for Graduate Student Enrollment and Postdoctoral Appointments in Science, Engineering and Health Fields at U.S. Academic Institutions between 2017 and 2019, presents data and other findings from the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS) between 2017 and 2019. The GSS provides insight into current and future science and engineering workforce trends. 

Key findings of the report include: 

  • Between 2017 and 2019, the number of individuals receiving advanced Science, Engineering, and Health fields (SEH)  training at U.S. academic institutions increased by 7.8% for master’s students, 4.2% for doctoral students, and 2.3% for postdocs.
  • In engineering, master’s enrollments declined by 5.0% between 2017 and 2019, while doctoral enrollment and the number of postdocs increased by 4.7% and 5.4%, respectively. 
  • From 2017 to 2019, the number of Nonfaculty Researchers (NFRs) reported to the GSS grew by 7.7%, representing an increase of 2,169 doctorates engaged in research outside of faculty rank or tenure.

You can find the first report by clicking the link provided here, and the second report by clicking here

Update: Science and Engineering State Indicators (Spring 2021)

The data for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) Science and Engineering State Indicators data tool has been updated. The tool utilizes U.S. state data in science and engineering education, workforce, research and development, patents and publications, and knowledge-intensive industries. This update includes new data for half of the 60 indicators, with new information on higher education financing and degrees, research and development, early-stage funding of businesses and other indicators. To access the Science and Engineering State Indicators data tool, click the link provided here.

The NCSES Data Team will host a webinar to highlight new features of the NCSES interactive data tools on April 8th, 2021, including the Chart Builder, Data Explorer and Table Builder features that were released last year. You can register for the webinar by clicking the link provided here. Please note that registration is required for this event.


Program Solicitation: ADVANCE – Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE program is soliciting proposals seeking to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research on gender, racial and ethnic equity in STEM faculty in academic workplaces. All proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity.

This solicitation includes four funding tracks:

  • Institutional Transformation (IT): The IT track is designed to support the development, implementation and evaluation of systemic change strategies within institutions of higher education.
  • Adaptation: The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote equity for STEM faculty in academic spaces.
  • Partnership: The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies.
  • Catalyst: The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of institutions of higher educations that are able to undertake data collection and institutional self-assessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty.

Please note that NSF ADVANCE does not provide fellowships, research, or travel grants to individual students, postdoctoral researchers, or faculty to pursue STEM degrees or research.

The preliminary proposal target date is April 22, 2021. For more information, please click the link provided below.

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Program Solicitation: Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is currently accepting proposals from the computing community for Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) projects aimed at increasing the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the discipline. These groups may include women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

The BPC program supports three categories of awards:

  • Alliances: Alliances operate across multiple stages of the academic pipeline and address one or several intended groups that are underrepresented. Existing Alliances with documented impact on BPC may apply for additional funding.
  • Demonstration Projects (DPs): Typical DPs pilot innovative programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an existing or new Alliance, or otherwise scaled up for widespread impact. Examples include projects proposed by a single institution or those that focus on a single underrepresented community, a single point in the academic pathway, or a single impediment to full participation in computing.
  • Supplements: Supplements to existing CISE research awards are intended to engage more members of the computing research community in significant BPC efforts as part of a project’s BPC plan.

The deadline for submitting proposals is June 14, 2021 by 5 PM submitter’s local time.

Proposals may only be submitted by institutions of higher education, non-profit or non-academic organizations, and state and local governments. For more information, please review the program solicitation in its entirety by clicking the link provided below. 

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Deadline Extended: Tapia Scholarship Applications & Call for Participation

The 2021 Virtual Tapia Conference is extending the deadline for scholarship applications and program submissions to April 14th, 2021

The Tapia scholarship application is intended for students and postdocs at colleges and universities in the United States and its territories. Tapia Scholarships are funded by Tapia Conference sponsors and a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

The 2021 Virtual Tapia Conference is additionally soliciting program submissions for workshops, panels, and birds of a feather (BOF) sessions in the following tracks: 

  • Technical
  • Professional Development for Academia
  • Professional Development for Industry/Government Agencies
  • Broadening Participation

Students are encouraged to submit for the Tapia Poster Competition and ACM Student Research Competition. PhD students are particularly encouraged to submit to the Doctoral Consortium.

For more information, please follow the link provided below.

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SIGCSE 2021 Panel Recap: How Student Surveys Drive Change: Using the Data Buddies Department Report from the Computing Research Association

On Monday, March 15, CRA’s Director of the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) Burçin Tamer was a panelist at the SIGCSE 2021 session, “How Student Surveys Drive Change: Using the Data Buddies Department Report from the Computing Research Association.” Tamer and other panelists discussed how departments have used their students’ responses to the Data Buddies Survey to make meaningful changes in their department. You can read more about the Data Buddies Survey here. To become a Data Buddies partner department, you can sign-up here

You can find the session slides and a video overview of the panel by clicking the link provided below.

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Upcoming Webinar: Including Individuals with Disabilities in STEM Courses, Research, and Careers

The March Expert Panel for the STEM for All Multiplex Theme of the Month is being held this month with the theme of Including Individuals with Disabilities in STEM Courses, Research, and Careers. The webinar is bringing together four leaders in the efforts to make STEM fields more accessible to students with disabilities. 

Panelists include: 

  • Richard E. Ladner, PI of AccessComputing and Professor Emeritus in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.
  • Sheryl Burgstahler, Director of Accessible Technology Services and the DO-IT Center, and Co-PI of AccessComputing. 
  • Jeanne Reis, M.Ed., Co-Director of the ASL Ed Center, and developer of ASL Clear, a STEM learning app centered in American Sign Language linguistic principles. 
  • Dr. Emily Moore, Director of Research and Accessibility for PhET Interactive Simulations in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The webinar panel will be held on March 24, 2021 at 3 PM ET. For more information, or to register, please click the link below.


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Computer and Information Science and Engineering Minority-Serving Institutions Research Expansion Program (CISE-MSI Program)

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is launching a new program to support research expansion for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The goal of the program is to increase the number of CISE-funded research projects from MSIs. MSIs are vital to the broadening participation community and are encouraged to submit a proposal. NSF hosted a webinar on the program in December 2020. You can find the slides, audio and transcript from that webinar on the NSF website here.

The deadline for proposal submissions is April 15th, 2021. 

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The 2021 Academic Careers Workshop: Applications Now Open

The 2021 Academic Careers Workshop will be held virtually from June 13-19, 2021 and will consist of 2-3 hour sessions each day. The workshop will include panel sessions from faculty discussing the following topics:

  • Tenure and promotion process
  • Launching a research program
  • Effective teaching strategies
  • Promotion to full professor
  • Effective strategies for proposal writing
  • Affinity Research Group Model for effect research teams

Additionally, the workshop will feature a panel of representatives from various funding agencies and mock proposal review sessions, offering insight into real-world proposal writing and review.

Those interested in attending the workshop should submit an application by March 31, 2021.

For additional information, please visit the CMD-iT website by clicking here.

Expanding the Pipeline – Minding the Gaps in the CS Pipeline: The MSCS Degree

In February’s Expanding the Pipeline titled Minding the Gaps in the CS Pipeline: The MSCS Degree, Jan Cuny, et al., of Northeastern University discusses the nontraditional approaches to Computer Science education in the post-graduate domain, focusing on MSCS programs aimed at students who did not major in computer science for their undergraduate degrees. The Align Program at Northeastern University is provided as an example of a program which aims at providing students the core curricula provided by Northeastern’s BS in CS program and other Core-Tier 1 topics and learning outcomes in the ACM/IEEE-Computer Society Guidelines for Undergraduate Curricula in CS. By completing this two-year Bridge program, students then continue directly in the MS program. Read the article in its entirety by clicking the link provided below.

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