The National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Program provides five years of financial support for "junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations." STEM Initiatives and the Office of Research are presenting a series of programs to assist Ohio State faculty who are preparing NSF CAREER Award proposals.
How to Write a Winning NSF CAREER Proposal Webinar (April 19–May 18, 2013)
STEM Initiatives has purchased access to the recording of Academic Research Funding Strategies' two-hour webinar on writing NSF CAREER proposals. The webinar covers:
- How to decide when and if it's the right time to apply for a CAREER grant
- How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
- How to structure your proposal
- How to develop an educational plan
- Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
- A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell the reviewers
- How to analyze reviews and decide whether to revise and resubmit
- Questions and Answers
Additional materials, including example proposal sections, proposal outlines, and helpful resources, are also included. Instructions for viewing the recording will be available on CarmenWiki (OSU login/password required). Ohio State's access to this recording will run from April 19–May 18, 2013.
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award Panel Discussion (May 1, 2013)
This event features Ohio State faculty members who have received the NSF CAREER Award. Learn how to prepare a successful proposal and how to access the Ohio State resources available to help you develop your proposal.
Presenters include Mary Juhas (Gender Initiatives in STEMM), Peter March (Arts and Sciences), Steven Lower (Earth Sciences, and Environment & Natural Resources), Mark Mortiz (Anthropology), Jennifer Ottesen (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Keith Slotkin (Molecular Genetics), Jeff Agnoli (Office of Research), Howard Greene (College of Engineering), and Chris Andersen (STEM Initiatives). A videorecording of the session may be viewed online.
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award Outreach/Education/Diversity Workshop (May 8, 2013)
This workshop focuses on the outreach/education/diversity portion of the NSF CAREER proposal, including an overview of Ohio State and community resources that collaborate with prospective CAREER applicants on outreach to schools and the public, development of courses, and recruitment of students from underrepresented groups. To register, visit the Office of Research website. The session will be videotaped and posted for viewing on this webpage.
"Get To Know Metro" Event (October 22, 2013)
From mentoring high school students to conducting educational research, Ohio State faculty and staff connect their research to the Metro Early College High School in numerous ways. The OSU community is invited to learn more about how to be involved with Metro during this spring's "Get To Know Metro" event on Tuesday (10/22) from 9-11am at Metro Early College High School, 1929 Kenny Road. RSVP at http://go.osu.edu/KnowMetro
Outreach/Education/Diversity "Virtual Brown Bag" webinars (May–July, 2013)
These Adobe Connect webinars will highlight Ohio State and community resources that collaborate with prospective CAREER applicants on outreach to schools and the public, development of courses, and recruitment of students from underrepresented groups. These sessions will be videotaped and posted for viewing on this webpage. Upcoming presenters:
- May 15: Kimberly Lightle (EHE) on conducting research in schools. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- May 22: Kate Harkin (P-12 Project) and Jack Conrath (EHE Superintendent Licensure Program) on establishing partnerships with schools. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- May 29: Jen Cassidy (Center of Science and Industry (COSI)) on the museum's outreach and research partnerships with Ohio State. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- June 4: Karen Bruns (OSU CARES/OSU Extension) on Extension's outreach and engagement throughout the state with youth, the community, and business and industry. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- June 11: Howard Greene (College of Engineering) on opportunities for engineering faculty to develop outreach and engagement programs. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- June 18: Brent Davis (WOSU Public Media) on how WOSU's television, radio, and Internet share Ohio State STEM discoveries with the public. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- June 19: Teresa Johnson (University Center for the Advancement of Teaching) on UCAT resources to support the development of new undergraduate courses. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- July 3: Helene Cweren (Undergraduate Research Office) on the URO's Summer Undergraduate Research Institute and academic year undergraduate research programming. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- July 10: Yolanda Zepeda, Curtis Austin, and Victoria Dunn (Office of Diversity and Inclusion) on ODI programs with K-12 students and Ohio State undergraduates from underrepresented groups. A videorecording can be viewed online.
- TBA: The STEAM Factory
- TBA: Cynthia Freeman (Summer Research Opportunities Program)
- TBA: Susan Olesik (Ohio House of Science and Engineering)
Recordings of Past Programs
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award Panel Discussion (May 29, 2012)
Presentations by Mary Juhas (College of Engineering), Jay Gupta (Department of Physics), Roberto Myers (Department of Materials Science & Engineering), Christopher Jaroniec (Department of Chemistry), Chris Andersen (STEM Initiatives), and Andrea Ward Ross (College of Arts and Sciences) describe the proposal-preparation strategies of NSF CAREER Award recipients. A videorecording may be viewed online.
NSF CAREER Award Outreach/Education/Diversity Workshop (April 19, 2012)
Presentations by the Metro Early College High School, the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), the University Center for Advancement of Teaching (UCAT), and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) share how they collaborate with prospective CAREER applicants on outreach to schools and the public, development of courses, and recruitment of students from underrepresented groups. A videorecording is available online in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2) and Powerpoint files may be downloaded for the presentations by Chris Andersen (STEM Initiatives), Jeff Agnoli (Office of Research), Cory Neugebauer (Metro), Desiree Crawl (SROP), Alan Kalish (UCAT), and Kim Kiehl (COSI).
NSF CAREER Award Outreach Workshop (April 26, 2011)
An overview of resources available to partner with NSF CAREER Award applicants to develop the educational activities for the proposal, including COSI and the Ohio House of Science and Engineering (OHSE). A videorecording may be viewed online and Powerpoint files may be downloaded for the presentations by Chris Andersen (STEM Initiatives) and Susan Olesik (OHSE).
Additional NSF CAREER Award Resources
Available on the National Science Foundation website
- Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Summary
- CAREER Program Solicitation
- CAREER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Ocean Sciences CAREER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- CAREER Award search page
- Reporting Requirements for CAREER Awards
- Career-Life Balance (CLB) supplemental funding request
- CAREER Program Officer contacts
- NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips (edited by Z. J. Pei, 2007): Short book with guidance for preparing CAREER proposals.
- "What to Say—and Not Say—to Program Officers" (Michael J. Spires, 2012): Chronicle of Higher Education article with strategies for contacting NSF program officers.
- Understanding the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award Proposal Genre: A Rhetorical, Ethnographic, and System Perspective (David M. Christensen, 2011): Dissertation studying the CAREER preparation, submission, and review process, with characteristics of successful proposals and strategies for prospective applicants.