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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Sriram SudararajanAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs and Equity Advisor for the College of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical EngineeringIowa State University
- Kavita DhanwadaAssociate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate College, Professor of BiologyUniversity of Northern Iowa
- Rich HichwaSenior Associate Vice President for ResearchUniversity of Iowa
- Tolif HuntDirector of Research and Sponsored ProgramsUniversity of Northern Iowa
- Mitchell AveryCenter for Social and Behavioral ResearchUniversity of Northern Iowa
- Brian BurtAssistant Professor of Higher Education in the School of EducationIowa State University
- Chris CoretsopoulosChemical & Biochemical EngineeringUniversity of Iowa
- Jill EukenDeputy Director of the Bioeconomy InstituteIowa State University
- Erin HeidenCenter for Social and Behavioral ResearchUniversity of Northern Iowa
- Pat HigbyEnergy Education Outreach CoordinatorUniversity of Northern Iowa
- Shirley HuckSurvey and Behavioral Research ServicesIowa State University
- Jan LarsonSurvey and Behavioral Research ServicesIowa State University
- Chelle LehmanDiversity and Implementation Coach for Iowa Project Lead the WayUniversity of Iowa
- Adah LeshemPre-College Education Director, Education Outreach DirectorIowa State University
- Mary LoschProfessor of PsychologyUniversity of Northern Iowa
- Robert MillsCommunications and Marketing, Bioeconomy InstituteIowa State University
- Doug MupasiriProfessor of MathematicsUniversity of Northern Iowa
- Tonya PeeplesProfessor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Director of Ethnic InclusionUniversity of Iowa
- Tracy PetersonDirector of Diversity Programs and K-12 Outreach, College of EngineeringUniversity of Iowa
- David RethwischProfessor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Affiliate Director of Iowa Project Lead the WayUniversity of Iowa
- Benjamin RogersDirector of Research Services, Information Technology ServicesUniversity of Iowa
- Diane RoverProfessor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringIowa State University
For More Information
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.