The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) offers five-year-long fellowships that include financial and professional support to early-career science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers. Applicants must show their ability to develop the knowledge needed for teaching, exemplary teaching practices, and the qualities of a leader as well as teacher. KSTF Fellows receive stipends, professional development funding, grants for teaching materials, and extensive leadership and mentoring opportunities.
Fellows who finish the five-year program often remain involved with KSTF and are eligible for more leadership grants to pursue their own leadership activities outside of their classrooms. The 2014 application period has already passed, but check back on details for future programs.
The ASEE Zone 1 Conference in Bridgeport, Conn. in early April seeks presentations and invites submissions of full-length papers on topics related to promoting scholarly educational research methodologies on learning and methods of engineering instruction, dissemination of knowledge on engineering teaching and learning, encouraging efforts to improve instruction through development of innovative materials and techniques, sound instructional designs and improved evaluation methodologies, and enhancing the status of teaching in the university and beyond. The deadline for student paper submissions has been extended from February 14 to February 28, and the deadline for professionals has been extended to February 14.
Acceptance of the paper will depend on a successful peer review of the paper. Papers submitted to the ASEE Zone 1 Conference should include relevant research results and/or assessment information, as a rigorous peer review can be expected. Presentation of the paper at the Conference is required for publication of the paper in the conference proceedings. All accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings and the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Selected papers will be invited for publication at various peer-reviewed journals. All papers must be submitted through the online conference system.
New York University is looking to expand its reach by opening the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering this coming January, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new addition will be located in Brooklyn, across the bridge from NYU’s main campus in Manhattan. NYU President John Sexton told the news outlet that Brooklyn is a “sizzling” neighborhood, and an engineering school could potentially transform the area into a thriving tech hub.
The new school is the result of a merger between NYU and what was formerly known as Polytechnic University, which has been around since 1854. Polytechnic students will still be enrolled, and will now have access to NYU resources once the process is complete, the article said. It’s not the only expansion that NYU has undertaken — the university announced an applied sciences institute that opened last year in downtown Brooklyn, and Sexton has generally used his presidency to greatly expand NYU’s brand and image globally.
The Department of Defense has awarded Stevens Institute of Technology and its Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) a five-year, $60 million contract to help launch 11 projects focusing on national security and improving cyber security systems, according to New Jersey On-line.
The Hoboken, N.J. college first started working with the defense department in 2008, when it was awarded an initial $25 million grant. Dinesh Verma, SERC executive director, told the news outlet that “As systems become so complex and so distributed, as we start to expose ourselves more using Information technology, in many ways, these systems aren’t just nice to have. They have become pretty critical.”
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG), administered by ASEE, is a highly competitive fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of 15 supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.
The application is now open for the 2014 award cycle, and the department plans to award 200 new graduate fellowships in April 2014. The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing the number and quality of U.S. nation’s scientists and engineers, and towards this end, has awarded approximately 3,200 NDSEG fellowships since the program’s inception 22 years ago.