Broader Impacts Legacy

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Waterloo West high school teacher Nathan Nebbe and STEM club students show a homemade photobioreactor at the STEM festival. Nebbe took part in Iowa NSF EPSCoR-supported teacher trainings and his work with the STEM club was also supported by Iowa NSF EPSCoR faculty.
The Iowa NSF EPSCoR broader impacts platform focused on efforts to prepare a workforce and broaden the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college students in the STEM pipeline, and create a community of scholars who integrate broader impacts into their research effort.

Achievements

Workplace Development

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Pat Higby (right), of Iowa NSF EPSCoR Broader Impacts, explains mechanical directions to middle school teachers Karen Shayer and Cathy Scullen, both from Indianola Middle School.

Developed or revised 15 workforce development courses across 4 Iowa colleges and universities.

A flagship course about broader impacts of engineering on society was implemented at Iowa State University.

Nearly 100 new schools added Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses to their curriculum with the support of Iowa NSF EPSCoR.

The UNI Energy Institute implemented a K-12 teacher training MOOC focused on renewable energy and hands-on experiences.

Partnerships with community and 4-year colleges were strengthened by offering those students summer research opportunities at Regents Universities.

Faculty Development

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Invited speakers led an “Engaging Persons with Disabilities” workshop in 2015.

A series of workshops for faculty were implemented across the Iowa research universities focused on topics such as engaging persons with disabilities, broadening participation, and mentoring.

Seed grant recipients secured more external funding for their research in broader impacts.

A checklist was incorporated into the ISU Grants Hub best practices to ensure faculty incorporate well-planned broader impacts activities into their research programs and proposals.

Cyberinfrastructure

Cyberinfrastructure held a workshop on data carpentry, introducing the computational skills needed for data management and analysis.

Instrumented systems for energy data management was implemented throughout the research platforms.

Diversity

The Sloan Center for Exemplary Mentoring at the University of Iowa received a grant to study the experiences of underrepresented minority graduate students in STEM fields.

K-12 outreach through camps, presentations, and internships reached students across the state of Iowa.

A model Project Lead the Way (PLTW) diversity/implementation coach improved messaging to women and underrepresented minority students.

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Pin Liu (left), a graduate student in microbiology at Iowa State University, shows Iowa Representative Cindy Winckler how to process DNA. Winckler spent time in the lab of Laura Jarboe, an Iowa NSF EPSCoR scientist, learning about biochemical processing of biomass.
External Engagement

Tours of biofuel facilities and agriculture for congressional aides, legislators, and other policy makers informed and made connections at the state and national levels.

External engagement hosted 10 summer science communication interns.

The Iowa NSF EPSCoR newsletter, website, and social media accounts kept participants, partners, industry, supporters, government officials, and the public informed of the program’s research, events, successes, and impact.

Sustainability

Camps and research programs made possible by Iowa NSF EPSCoR will have a long-lasting impact on Iowa K-12 STEM, diversity, and workforce development. Some of the sustaining impacts resulting from the platform include:

Workforce Development and Diversity

STEM camps at UI and UNI are now self-supporting and will continue.

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The C6 BioFarm game was previewed by State Fair attendees. Photo credit: Abby Stanek

The C6 BioFarm app and teaching materials have been taken over by Iowa State University Extension.

New and modified degree programs in energy systems engineering and wind energy will continue across the state’s research universities.

A new student organization in wind energy will continue to support students interested in wind energy research at ISU.

Improved infrastructure at 4-year and community colleges will sustain hands-on learning.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) will self-support a diversity/implementation coach at the UI.

K-12 teacher training and engagement activities will continue through NSF STEM-C Trinect and NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)

Faculty Development and Diversity

Revised wind energy mentoring processes will continue to promote advanced opportunities for members of underrepresented groups in the field at ISU.

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UI junior Bill Rashid helps students program their robots during a Tetrix Robotics camp.

Energy-focused REUs will continue to support community college and under-represented students across Iowa’s campuses.

A women in STEM faculty group at UNI will continue to benefit from the relationships built in their group.

The ISU grants hub will continue to offer a broad range of services and advice to faculty.

Faculty search committee implicit bias training across Iowa research institutions will continue to influence hiring best practices at Iowa Regent universities.

Cyberinfrastructure

Big data analytics was integrated into the University of Iowa Informatics Initiative and Information Technology Services.

The open source thermochemical conversion code used for reactor design and optimization will continue to be available for free download and disseminated through national research institutions and industries.

External Engagement

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has pledged to continue bioenergy outreach to elected officials.

The Iowa NSF EPSCoR legacy website, videos, and social media will remain available for three years beyond the grant.

Professional Development

  • Sriram Sudararajan
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Equity Advisor for the College of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Iowa State University
    Broader Impacts Platform Leader
  • Kavita Dhanwada
    Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate College, Professor of Biology
    University of Northern Iowa
    Broader Impacts Platform Co-Leader
  • Rich Hichwa
    Senior Associate Vice President for Research
    University of Iowa
    Broader Impacts Platform Co-Leader
  • Tolif Hunt
    Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
    University of Northern Iowa
    Broader Impacts Platform Co-Leader
  • Mitchell Avery
    Center for Social and Behavioral Research
    University of Northern Iowa
    Internal Evaluation and Assessment Plank
  • Brian Burt
    Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education
    Iowa State University
    Diversity Taskforce
  • Chris Coretsopoulos
    Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
    University of Iowa
    Workforce Development Taskforce
  • Jill Euken
    Deputy Director of the Bioeconomy Institute
    Iowa State University
    External Engagement Plank
  • Erin Heiden
    Center for Social and Behavioral Research
    University of Northern Iowa
    Internal Evaluation and Assessment Plank
  • Pat Higby
    Energy Education Outreach Coordinator
    University of Northern Iowa
    Workforce Development Taskforce
  • Shirley Huck
    Survey and Behavioral Research Services
    Iowa State University
    Internal Evaluation and Assessment Plank
  • Jan Larson
    Survey and Behavioral Research Services
    Iowa State University
    Internal Evaluation and Assessment Plank
  • Chelle Lehman
    Diversity and Implementation Coach for Iowa Project Lead the Way
    University of Iowa
    Workforce Development Taskforce
  • Adah Leshem
    Pre-College Education Director, Education Outreach Director
    Iowa State University
    Workforce Development Taskforce
  • Mary Losch
    Professor of Psychology
    University of Northern Iowa
    Internal Evaluation and Assessment Plank
  • Robert Mills
    Communications and Marketing, Bioeconomy Institute
    Iowa State University
    External Engagement Plank
  • Doug Mupasiri
    Professor of Mathematics
    University of Northern Iowa
    Diversity Taskforce
  • Tonya Peeples
    Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Director of Ethnic Inclusion
    University of Iowa
    Diversity Taskforce
  • Tracy Peterson
    Director of Diversity Programs and K-12 Outreach, College of Engineering
    University of Iowa
    Diversity Taskforce
  • David Rethwisch
    Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Affiliate Director of Iowa Project Lead the Way
    University of Iowa
    Workforce Development Taskforce
  • Benjamin Rogers
    Director of Research Services, Information Technology Services
    University of Iowa
    Cyberinfrastructure Plank
  • Diane Rover
    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Iowa State University
    Diversity Taskforce
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For More Information

[POSTER]Iowa NSF EPSCoR broader impacts
This poster highlights a few of the success stories from the Iowa NSF EPSCoR broader impacts effort.
This page represents only a few highlights of the broader impacts platform. See the Broader Impacts main page.

Contact researchers who worked on the Iowa NSF EPSCoR broader impacts platform.