STEM Center Teaching Enhancement Grants

2022 Spring Mini-Grants

The goal of the STEM Center Teaching Enhancement Grants is to incentivize Faculty and Staff of the College of Science and Engineering Technology to improve their courses and related instructional activities, particularly for introductory courses taken by STEM majors. For Spring 2022 implementation, proposals are solicited in three programs:

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STEM Course Enhancement:

These awards will support enhancements to positively impact student engagement and build learning communities within introductory STEM Courses. Successful proposals will focus on increasing student engagement in an introductory (1- or 2000 level) STEM Course.

Active Learning Space:

These awards will support projects that directly utilize the available active learning rooms in Farrington 213 and 217 (28 maximum capacity in each room) to innovate their teaching practices in any STEM course offering. Awarded projects will be assigned to one or both F213 and F217 for implementing active learning pedagogy.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:

These awards will support educational research projects being conducted within STEM courses by the COSET faculty. 

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These grants are funded by STEM Center NSF Grant No. 1725674 and are included in the SHSU Quality Enhancement Plan. Applications can be submitted to STEMCenter@shsu.edu.

Timeline:

Proposal Due Date: November 15, 2021

Announcement of Awards: December 16, 2021

Implementation Period: Spring 2022

Supplemental Funding Application due: May 15, 2022

Final Report due: September 16, 2022

Application requirements:

Any member of the COSET faculty or staff engaged in teaching a STEM course may apply. Applicants are allowed to submit proposals for multiple grants.

Expectations:

Proposals will be funded up to a maximum of $2,000, of which at most $1,500 can be requested for faculty stipends. In the implementation phase, awardees will carry out the proposal plans and meet occasionally with the STEM Center leadership and other grant recipients.  Note that stipend funds will not be released until after the final report of the project is received and approved.

Supplemental Funding:

After successful implementation of the proposed project, awardees will be invited to apply for up to $1,000 supplemental funding for the dissemination of the project and results beyond SHSU.

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Current Mini-Grants: 2022

Prior Mini-Grant Applications: 2021

“Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program under Award No. 1725674. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.”