NSF Partners

The STEM Station at Boise State University supports a consortium of NSF STEM education research and initiatives related to STEM students and faculty development and success.

The STEM Station has collaborated on several partnership projects.

Consortium of NSF Projects
CALIPER - Catalyst to Assess Learning and Instructional Practices for Evidence- based Reform
  • Emphasis- STEM undergrad general education courses
  • Description- Gather and analyze data to understand the relationship between instructional practices and intended student learning outcomes.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Sharon McGuire, Susan Shadle, Karen Viskupic,  Sasha Wang, Eric Landrum, Ross Perkins
ENGAGE Engineering
  • Emphasis- Faculty and Student interactions / Everyday Examples in Engineering
  • Description- Dissemination mini-grant on increasing faculty-student interactions by conveying evidence-based best practices through workshops for students and faculty / Mini-grant facilitating the use of everyday examples to teach abstract concepts.
  • Partners/people (contact person highlighted)- Krishna Pakala, Sarah Haight
EEC- Engineering Education Research: Division of Engineering Education and Centers
  • Emphasis- Engineering first year students
  • Description-  Develop an instructional strategy for preventing/eliminating misconceptions towards science and engineering courses and disciplines.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Dazhi Yang and Inanc Senocak
EPSCoR- Educational components of Idaho EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvements
  • Emphasis- Underrepresented STEM undergrads
  • Description- Faculty mentored undergraduate research themed around managing Idaho’s landscaped for ecosystem services
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Shawn Benner, Janet Callahan
Geoscience Education- K-12 Virtual Labs for Teaching Science of Geochronology
  • Emphasis- K-12
  • Description- Partnership with the Idaho Digital Learning Academy to develop virtual labs, field trips and education activities on the science of geochronology and understanding geologic time.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Karen Viskupic, Ross Perkins, Chareen Snelson, Mark Schmitz
GK-12 – Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education
  • Emphasis- Bio & Geo grad students & K-12 teachers
  • Description- Geoscience and biology partnerships with informal science centers for K-12 education and outreach; and professional development for grad students and teachers.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)-Karen Viskupic, Jim Beltoff, Dave Wilkins
IEECI E2R2P- Engineering Education Research to Practice
  • Emphasis- Faculty Focus
  • Description- Redesign engineering and STEM courses to include problem and project based learning and create a sounding board of potential faculty adopters.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Don Plumlee, Linda Huglin, Steve Villachica
IEECI SADINE2- Successful Adoption of Innovation in Engineering Education
  • Emphasis- Faculty Focus
  • Description- Study faculty characteristics and environmental perceptions leading to successful adoption of innovations in engineering education.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Kirsten Davis, Sondra Miller, Ross Perkins
LSAMP- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Emphasis- STEM undergrads (URM)
  • Description- Research experiences and academic enhancement to encourage degree completion among underrepresented students
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Marty Schimpf, Emily Flores, Sharon McGuire
MSP- Math Science Partnership (completed)
  •  Emphasis- K-12/ teacher education
  • Description- Planning grant for state-wide educational partners to increase the quantity and quality of K-12 STEM teaching
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)-Louis Nadelson, Amy Moll, Henry Charlier, Randy Schrader, Barbara Morgan
Noyce- Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
  • Emphasis- K-12 teaching preparation in STEM majors
  • Description- Scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a teaching certificate in STEM fields
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Louis Nadelson, Amy Moll, Henry Charlier, Jan Smith, Amy Clink, and Matt Wigglesworth
REU Chemistry- Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  • Emphasis- Community College & STEM undergrads in U.S.
  • Description- Undergraduate research and peer mentoring early in students’ careers to increase retention.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Don Warner, Eric Brown, Louis Nadelson
REU Mathematics- Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Emphasis- Two BSU students & six from elsewhere in U.S.
  • Description- Undergraduate research to immerse students of diverse backgrounds in math by application to information security and genome biology
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Liljana Babinkostova, Jens Harlander, Marion Scheepers
REU Biology – Raptor Research
  • Emphasis- STEM Undergrads
  • Description- Engages undergraduates in field and laboratory research with a thematic focus on Raptor Research
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- James Belthoff, Jesse Barber, Marc Mechard, Jay Carlisle, Marie-Anne de Graaff, Jennifer Forbey, Mark Fuller, Matthew Giovanni, Julie Heath, Greg Kaltenecker, Jim Smith
S-STEM- Idaho  Scholarships for Transfer Students  (two other S-STEMs have completed)
  • Emphasis- Engineering transfer students
  • Description- Scholarships for academically talented engineering and computer science students with financial need
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Janet Callahan, Amy Moll, Doug Bullock, Amit Jain, Tami Taylor, Lynn Olson
STEP- Science Talent Expansion Programs
  • Emphasis- STEM undergrads
  • Description- Academic enhancement, learning communities, research and advising to increase retention among all STEM majors.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Janet Callahan, Jude Garzolini, Susan Shadle, Doug Bullock, Joe Guarino, Gary Hunt
TUES- Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning POGIL
  • Emphasis- STEM undergrads, in material science & engineering
  • Description- Redesign intro materials science class using POGIL, based upon learning cycle model.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Will Hughes
TUES- Mobile Based Learning Games MBLG 
  • Emphasis- Undergraduate STEM Education
  • Description- Research to develop and assess five mobile-based learning game (MLBG) modules utilizing the Grand Canyon as the virtual laboratory.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Brett E. Shelton
 Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3)- STEM Central STATION
  • Emphasis- STEM undergrads, grad students & faculty
  • Description- Research and strategies to enhance NSF STEM initiatives and add programs to support Learning Partnerships for students and faculty in a centralized Station.
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Marty Schimpf, Sharon McGuire, Karen Viskupic, Amy Moll, Louis Nadelson, Pat Pyke
WIDER - Widening Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Reform PERSIST (Promoting Educational Reform through Strategic Investments in SySTEMic Transformation)
  • Emphasis- STEM foundational courses
  • Description- Create transformational change  in STEM teaching and learning by applying a change model to saturate STEM courses with norm of evidence-based best practices
  • Partners/People (contact person is highlighted)- Susan Shadle, Doug Bullock, Amy Moll, Tony Roark, Eric Landrum, Tony Marker, Pat Pyke