APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/1/18
To see a list of past and current fellows and view their proposals, visit the Chancellor's Scholars page.
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The Center for STEM Learning awards grants to support faculty engagement in STEM education research and reform projects. Funding can support course release, summer salary, or research costs associated with such projects. Applicants may request support for STEM education projects in the early stages, for the coordination of existing projects, and to seed efforts that can continue beyond the funding period. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded for a period of up to one year.
- What is a CFA?
- Who is eligible to apply for a CFA?
- How are CFA proposals evaluated?
- What does a successful proposal look like?
- How are CFA's administered?
- What about benefits and overhead?
- What is expected of Chancellor's Scholars?
- How can I spend my Chancellor's Award funds?
- Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
1. WHAT IS A CFA?
- The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in STEM Education were established in 2009 to support graduate student engagement in innovative research on student learning and implementation of research-based STEM education programs and initiatives.
- CFA's are to support faculty/staff engagement in STEM education research and reform projects. Funding will support course release, summer salary, or (in special circumstances) research costs associated with such projects. Applicants may request support for STEM education projects in early stages, for the coordination of existing projects, and to seed efforts that can continue beyond the funding period. Up to $10,000 will be awarded for a period of up to one year.
2. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A CFA?
- Staff members and teaching and research faculty are welcome to apply.
- Graduate students or those seeking funding for graduate students should apply for a Chancellor's Graduate Award Program.
3. HOW ARE CFA PROPOSALS EVALUATED?
- We attempt to select projects that
- Align with our mission and vision
- Will serve the greatest need
- Represent distinct schools and departments
- Are grounded in relevant background research/theoretical frameworks
- Demonstrate a clear plan for evaluation and assessment
4. WHAT DOES A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL LOOK LIKE?
- Please see Victoria Hand's proposal for Examination of shifts in content understanding and imagined trajectories for underrepresented high school students serving as mentors for Science Explorers and Tiffany Ito's proposal for A classroom intervention to reduce the gender achievement gap in college science as examples.
5. HOW ARE CFA's ADMINISTERED?
- Upon receiving an award, you will be given access to the CSL Chanellor's Award speedtype to use for your CFA expenses. Your usual departmental/program administrators should handle all purchasing and HR administration. The CSL program manager will monitor your spending, alert you of any issues, and give you periodic updates about the status of your funds.
6. WHAT ABOUT BENEFITS AND OVERHEAD?
- You may spend the awarded dollar amount (up to $10,000) on budgeted project expenses. We will cover any benefits or overhead charges incurred.
7. WHAT IS EXPECTED OF CHANCELLOR'S SHOLARS?
- Attend and be recognized at the annual Symposium on STEM Education
- While still in the early stages, give a brief introduction (~15 minutes) to your project at DBER
- Actively engage in the CU-Boulder STEM education community by attending weekly DBER seminars
- At the conclusion of your project, present your work to the STEM education community by giving a DBER seminar, or giving a talk that the STEM education community is invited to attend
- At the end of the funding period, submit a one-to-three page report detailing the outcomes of the project
8. HOW CAN I SPEND MY CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FUNDS?
- Consult before Spending:
Materials & Supplies
- Not Allowable:
Graduate Student Salary (please apply for a grad award)
*NOTE: You may notice that grad funding has been included in the budgets of previously funded projects. This limitation is new. It is not a mistake.
9. WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?