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NSF Broader Impacts

Integrating research and education is an important aspect of NSF's Broader Impacts review criterion. Research projects that have successfully demonstrated broader impacts have commonly developed strong collaborations and partnerships among researchers, educators and students; have proactively engaged target audiences; and have demonstrated impacts on these audiences. 

Within the College of Engineering at OSU there are many initiatives and programs that promote the recruitment, retention, and resiliency of groups underrepresented in engineering. As a researcher, you may be interested in partnering with these initiatives for Broader Impact activities in your NSF proposals. The leader of each of the programs below will work with you to: 1) identify a mechanism for interaction, 2) provide written description of the program, objectives, outcomes and assessment, 3) lead and implement the proposed activities, and 4) provide a written description of the impact of the proposed activities on the objectives of the program. A range of interaction between the PI and the technical aspects of the proposal with these broader impact activities is possible. However, some funding for the broader impact program in the NSF budget is required. Potential partner programs are described below.

Women and Minorities in Engineering (WME) (Ellen Momsen, Director; Marleigh Perez Coordinator, LSAMP)

http://wme.engr.oregonstate.edu/     http://lsamp.oregonstate.edu/

·      Mentor female or URM student in undergraduate research: WME/LSAMP can match faculty with students and provides student researchers with opportunities to attend workshops on communicating with lab mentors, poster design, and graduate school info. LSAMP student researchers are invited to present research at the annual Pacific Northwest LSAMP conference. Sponsorship: $1000-2000/student per term, $4000-$6000 for summer research.

·      Sponsor URM student in two-week Summer Bridge: $1500/student, offer lab tours and/or lead activity illustrating research area

·      Sponsor students to LSAMP Academy: 1-day program for all incoming URM STEM students, and serve as workshop leader for session on OSU research, community, or academic success. Sponsorship: $150/student

·      Work with WME./LSAMP to brainstorm ideas

Summer Experience for Science and Engineering Youth (SESEY) (contact Skip Rochefort)


SESEY is a 1-week residential camp for URM and female high school students. Campers are paired with faculty and student mentors in engineering for a mini-research project, followed by research projects poster presentations. Opportunities for integration with research includes  funding scholarships for students from  underrepresented groups, funding and providing graduate and undergraduate students as mentors for the HS campers, and developing research modules.

Pre-College Programs (Contact Skip Rochefort)


The Office of Precollege Programs supports and oversees a wide range of youth outreach activities designed to increase college access and academic preparation for Oregon’s youth. Skip, the Director, can work with you to identify a program that fits your interests for the broader impacts in a proposal.



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