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NSF Advance entitled: ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success

ADVANCE ADVANCE-Purdue an institutional transformation project that targets recruitment, retention, and advancement of women STEM faculty at Purdue University. The mission of ADVANCE-Purdue is to conduct research and evaluate PCFS's (Purdue Center for Faculty Success) programming, structure and institutionalization, and to institutionalize PCFS as a vibrant center integrated into the fabric of Purdue. While the focus of ADVANCE broadly speaking is the representation of women faculty in STEM, ADVANCE-Purdue explicitly concentrates on women of color. Our three guiding goals are:

  1. To increase the number of under represented women in STEM faculty positions;
  2. To improve the success of all women STEM faculty; and
  3. To engage all faculty in transforming the institution, what we call "engaging the majority."
For more information contact The Center for Faculty Success (

NIH Director's Pathfinder Award entitled: Institute for Accessible Science (IAS): Advancing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Biomedical Laboratory Research

IAS IAS promotes the inclusion and retention of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in biomedical science careers by lowering barriers through practical laboratory experiences, assistive technology (AT) development, student and educator support services and research. For more information contact Dr. Brad Duerstock (

NSF S-STEM entitled: Partnership for Recruiting and Retaining High Need, High Potential Students to Food,Environmental, Engineering, and Life Sciences (FEELS)

FEELS FEELS represents a partnership between Purdue's College of Agriculture and the business community to recruit, retain, and equip 15-20 high-need/high-potential students through exceptional mentoring, learning and research experiences. FEELS Fellows will receive an intentional package of leveraged, successful programs strongly complemented by new FEELS-initiated academic and mentoring components. FEELS seeks to: increase diversity within Purdue's College of Agriculture, improve graduation and retention rates while enhancing student achievement, prepare students to become industry and academic leaders in the STEM professions, and increase awareness of STEM opportunities in high-need communities while enhancing our engagement with, and connection to, such regions. For more information contact Dr. John Patterson (

NSF Undergraduate Research Center (URC) entitled Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE)

caspie The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE) is a multi-institutional collaborative effort designed to address major barriers to providing research experiences to younger undergraduate science students. CASPiE takes advantage of complementary strengths and needs of its partner institutions to develop a program that will: 1) provide first and second year students with access to research experiences as part of the mainstream curriculum; 2) create a collaborative, “research group” environment for students in the laboratory; 3) provide access to advanced instrumentation through development of a remote instrumentation network; 4) help faculty develop undergraduate research projects that enhance their own research capacity; and 5) create a research experience that is engaging for women and ethnic minorities and appropriate for use at various types of institutions, including those with diverse populations. For more information contact Dr. Gabriela Weaver (

NSF CCLI entitled: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Expanding and sustaining research capacity in engineering and technology education: Building on successful programs for faculty and graduate students

This proposal addresses the continued need for developing engineering education researchers by leveraging the success of past programs and the expertise gained by various project team members, many of whom are participating in the proposed work.

The proposed work has three goals:

  1. Design and deliver a new generation of programs to educate engineering and engineering technology faculty and graduate students to conduct and use educational research which are effective, flexible, inclusive, and sustainable after funding ends.
  2. Foster a virtual community of engineering and engineering technology education researchers through the use of Purdue nanoHUB-based technology.
  3. Conduct research on impact of these programs on individuals who participate and on the participants' students and institutions.
For more information contact Dr. Ruth Streveler

NSF entitled: CPATH EAE: Extending a Bottom-Up Education Model to Support Concurrency from the First Year

CPATH Advances in the processing industry have caused fundamental changes in the future of hardware design and will have a dramatic impact in software development and algorithms, pushing towards the pervasive use of parallelism and necessitating changes in strategies for undergraduate education in computer science and computer engineering. The CPATH project will redesign the ECE undergraduate curriculum to create an articulated curriculum that supports student acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and effective use of concurrency, as utilized in today's industry. For more information contact Dr. Vijay Pai (

NSF CCLI entitled: Collaborative Research: Institutionalizing a Reform Curriculum in Large Universities

CCLI In collaboration with North Carolina State and Georgia Technical Institute, Purdue University will facilitate the implementation of the Matter & Interactions curriculum and will widen the base of dissemination by the following: creating supporting infrastructure and activities, studying and documenting the changes and adaptations necessary to make the curriculum work well at different institutions, assessing the impact of this curriculum on both students and faculty, and working on further improvements to the instructional materials used by students. For more information contact Dr. Mark Haugan (

NSF ESI entitled: NCLT: Center for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering

nclt The mission of NCLT is to develop the next generation of leaders in NSEE teaching and learning, with an emphasis on NSEE capacity building, providing a strong impact on national STEM education. The Center's core operational strategy is an Integrated Program comprised of five component areas: learning research; nano concept, course, and learning technology development; professional development; resource dissemination, networking and community building; and Evaluation and Assessment. For more information contact Dr. Nicholas Giordano (


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