Proposal Writing Resources
CSUPERB believes the best way to engage, recruit and retain students in life science careers is to provide access to and opportunities in real-world biotechnology research settings. By working with CSU faculty scholars in the classroom and on research problems, students build a solid foundation for successful life science careers. By seeding faculty-led projects that go on to receive follow-on funding, CSUPERB can increase the number of students gaining participatory learning and research experience while at the CSU.
Find below links to funding agency databases and publications relating to life science education, research, and workforce development. We'll try to keep these links relatively up to date as a resource for proposal writers and policy makers.
California State University (CSU) Demographics and Degree Completion Data
Federal Funding Agencies (what are they funding these days?)
- National Institutes of Health (rePORT) - reports, data, analyses
- Sample Applications & Summary Statements: NIAID
- National Science Foundation (Award Search)
- Sample of a funded CAREER proposal, thanks to Ethan P. White
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Grants Search)
- Department of Energy - Biological and Environmental Research
Curriculum-Related Initiatives, Grant Programs, and STEM-focused Higher Education Programs
- Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) - CUR supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
- CSU Professional Science Master's Degree Programs and ScienceMasters.com
- HERI (Higher Education Research Institute) at UCLA - NIH funded research about undergraduate, underrpresented STEM retention and preparation for graduate school
- National Institutes of Health
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Programs
- see March 2013 CBR Life Sciences article (Vasaly et al): News from the Funding Front: Upcoming Opportuntities, Proposals Welcomed.
- Project Kaleidoscope - An AAC&U affiliated project to understand and disseminate best practices related to engaging undergraduates in STEM fields.
- PULSE Community - an online community focused on improving undergraduate life sciences education, jointly supported by NSF, HHMI and NIH. Open to all undergraduate life sciences educators to discuss and share curriculum revisions and improvements. Need incentive to join? Agencies will be listening to conversations to set funding priorities in coming years.
- The Teagle Foundation Grants Programs
References for Proposal Writers: Curriculum, Education & Training Grants
CBE Life Sciences Education (current issue). The American Society for Cell Biology publishes this free, online quarterly journal and features publishes peer-reviewed articles on life science education. "The ASCB believes that learning in biology encompasses diverse fields, including math, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, and the interdisciplinary intersections of biology with these fields...CBE-LSE is written by and to serve professionals engaged in biology teaching in all environments..."
Undergraduate Education and Research
- Thiry, Weston, Laursen & Hunter (2012) The Benefits of Multi-Year Research Experiences: Differences in Novice and Experienced Students' Reported Gains from Undergraduate Research. CBE Life Sciences Education Vol. 11, 260-272.
- Henderson, Dancy & Niewiadomska-Bugaj (2012). Use of research-based instructional strategies in introductory physics: where do faculty leave the innovation-decision process. Phys. Rev. Special Topics - Phys. Ed. Res. 8, 020104.
- MCAT 2015 (AAMC) - Resources for Undergraduate Programs.
- Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (2012). Board on Science Education.
- Storify compilation: Rosemary J. Redfield "Why do we have to learn this stuff? - A new genetics for 21st Century Students," (2012) PLoS Biology 10 (7): e1001356.
- Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR), (2012) Council on Undergraduate Research
- Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (February 2012), President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
- AAC&U Peer Review (Spring 2011) Undergraduate Education issue (Vol. 13., No. 3)
- Diehl et al. (2011) Maintaining Excellence and Efficiency at the University of Texas at Austin.
- Wei & Woodin (2011) Undergraduate Research Experiences in Biology: Alternatives to the Apprenticeship Model. CBE Life Sci Educ 10: 123-131.
- Vision & Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (2011). AAAS & National Science Foundation. Project information available online.
- Eagan, Sharkness, Hurtado, Mosqueda, Chang (2011) Engaging Undergraduates in Science Research: Not Just About Faculty Willingness. Res. High Education 52: 151-177.
- Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. (2011) National Academies Press. Electronic version freely available online.
- Anderson et al (2011) Changing the Culture of Science Education at
Research Universities. Science 331: 152-153
- CNN (May 22, 2011): Why would-be engineering end up as English majors.
- AAC&U Peer Review (Spring 2010) Undergraduate Education issue (Vol. 12, No. 2)
- National Science Board (2010) Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying and Developing Our Nation's Human Capital.
- Junge et al. (2010) Promoting Undergraduate Interest, Preparedness, and Professional Pursuit in the Sciences: An Outcomes Evaluation of the SURE Program at Emory University. CBE Life Sciences Education 9: 119-132.
- Strayhorn (2010) Undergraduate Research Participation and STEM Graduate Degree Aspirations Among Students of Color. New Directions for Institutional Research 148: 85-93.
- Shaffer et al (2010). The genomics education partnership: successful
integration of research into laboratory classes at a diverse group of
undergraduate institutions. CBE Life Sci Educ. 9: 55-69.
- 20th Anniversary of PKAL - essays from CUR
- The National Academies, "A New Biology for the 21st Century" report (2009)
- AAC&U Liberal Education, "The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Liberal Education," Spring 2009
- Miller, Pfund, Pribbenow & Handelsman (2008) Scientific Teaching in Practice. Science 322: 1329-1330.
- Kuh, G. D. (2008) High-impact educational practices: What they are, who
has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
- Fairweather, J (2008) Linking Evidence and Promising Practices in Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Undergraduate Education
- Villarejo et al. (2008) Encouraging Minority Undergraduates to Choose Science Careers: Career Paths Survey Results. CBE Life Sci Educ 7: 394-409.
- Guterman, L. (2007) What good is undergraduate research anyway? The
Chronicle of Higher Education Vol. LIII, Number 50.
- Russell, S. H., M. P. Hancock, and J. McCullough (2007) Benefits of
undergraduate research experiences. Science 316: 548–549. (It is also interesting to read the 1919 Science article, page 309-311, by Starr, Stokes and West titled, " The Progress of Undergraduate Research in Medical Schools;" available online via books.google.com)
- Handelsman, Ebert-May, Beichner, Bruns, Chang, DeHaan, Lauffer, Stewart, Tilghman, Wood (2004) Scientific Teaching. Science 304: 521-522.
- Lopatto, D. (2004) Survey of Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE): First Findings. Cell Biology Education, vol. 3, p. 270-277.
- Seymour, E., Hunter, A-B, Laursen, S.L. and T. Deantoni (2004) Establishing the Benefits of Research Experiences for Undergraduates in the Sciences: First Findings from a Three-Year Study. Science Education, v.88, p. 493-534.
- How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition (2000). Freely available at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9853 . See also How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice (1999).
- Nagda, B. A., S. R. Gregerman, J. Jonides, W. von Hippel, and J. S.
Lerner. (1998) Undergraduate student-faculty partnerships affect student retention. The Review of Higher Education 22, 55–72.
Professional Science Masters
- Outcomes for PSM Alumni: 2012. Council of Graduate Schools.
- Borbye and Strausbaugh (2008) PSM Program Assessment from All Perspectives. Communicator. Council of Graduate Schools (starting on page 4).
- National Academy of Science Report "Science Professionals: Master's Education for a Competitive World," 2008