Project Title

Broadening Participation in CCLI

Date Awarded

Summer 6-10-2010


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Description

John Dwyer, Professor, was awarded $199,041 from the National Science Foundation. The nation’s two-year colleges (2YCs) educate a substantial and rapidly growing number of undergraduate students, including a significant number of students in STEM fields. Furthermore, the racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of students served by 2YCs make these institutions key entry points to STEM fields for students who have been historically underrepresented. While 2YCs serve large numbers of STEM students, the number of NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) proposals from and awards to these institutions remains disproportionately low. In order to address this issue, this project will develop and implement a grant writing workshop and mentoring program for targeted STEM faculty from 2YCs. The overall goals of the project are to broaden awareness of the CCLI program as a resource for 2YCs and to increase the number of CCLI awards to these institutions. A specific focus of this project will be on faculty from rural 2YCs that have not had previous NSF funding.

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