Awards

Post-Institute Implementation Awards

As a result of sub-award support, Georgia college biology graduate students designed new labs around civic issues.

As a result of sub-award support, Georgia college biology graduate students designed new labs around civic issues.

NCSCE awards competitive Post-Institute Implementation Subawards following SENCER Summer Institutes (contingent on funding). These subawards are intended to promote the implementation or continuation of projects with an emphasis on developing measurable and achievable goals and innovative plans to acquire evidence of project outcomes. Potential projects appropriate for sub-award applications include course/program development or redesign, campus-based faculty development initiatives, outreach to institutions or colleagues new to SENCER, or research into student learning, among others. The National Center has an NSF-endorsed goal of bringing new institutions into the SENCER program. Thus, we are especially interested in proposals that include outreach to new institutions, multi-institutional collaborations, and proposals that lead to deeper engagement by institutions that have had only minimal contact with SENCER to date. Successful applicants would include those who propose:

  1. Planning activities that lead to full team applications to SSI 2017 or 2018,
  2. Outreach to new institutions (especially community colleges) with whom the applicant institution has substantial transfer activity (or vice versa: outreach by community colleges to baccalaureate degree granting institutions),
  3. Multi-institutional team development activities that include institutions new to SENCER or complex civic challenges not yet represented in the portfolio of SENCER model courses and programs, and/or
  4. Projects that apply the SENCER ideals to introductory courses designed for students intending to major in the STEM fields or “linked-courses” or learning communities designed to pair teaching methods courses (teacher pre-service training) with introductory courses in the basic sciences.

The maximum amount for a sub-award is $3,000. The start date for the proposed project must be November 16, 2016. Please note, if you have received an award in the past, a request for funding must be for a wholly new project. Funding is not granted to support continuation of a past project. Also, a given institution may submit only one application for an award per year. Please see the Project Guidelines and Restrictions (Application Page) for a complete list of allowable and non-allowable costs.

Application Questions
An executive summary of up to 300 words is required, as is a detailed budget and accompanying budget justification. The application form provides space to list any collaborators you may have on the proposed project.

Required Questions

  1. What are the goals of your planned project?
  2. How will you reach your target audience?
  3. How will you evaluate the success of your efforts?
  4. How will you share your work with the SENCER community and others?

The following questions will not apply to all applications:

  • Outreach: If you are proposing to include outreach to an institution that has not already been affiliated with SENCER, please provide its name and a brief rationale.
  • For institutions with SENCER work already in progress on campus: If this applies to you, how (if at all) does the project you propose now relate to the already existing work? If this does not apply to use, please skip the question.
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The William E. Bennett Award For Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science

The William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science was established by NCSCE and named in honor of its first recipient for his lifetime contributions to citizen science. The first award was presented to its namesake at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2009. The William E. Bennett Award is given annually to an individual and a team whose SENCER and other related activities have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions to citizen science.

2016 Awardees

Dr. Garon Smith and Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross accept 2016 Bennett Awards at SSI 2016.

Dr. Garon Smith and Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross accept 2016 Bennett Awards at SSI 2016.

Dr. Garon Smith and Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross accept 2016 Bennett Awards at SSI 2016.This year, we honored two longtime members of the SENCER community, Drs. Judith Iriarte-Gross of Middle Tennessee State
Dr. Garon Smith and Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross accept 2016 Bennett Awards at SSI 2016.University (MTSU), and Garon Smith, recently retired from the University of Montana. Both have made lasting impacts on their universities, communities, students, and colleagues with their dedication to improving STEM education and engaging students.

Awards were announced during the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. To read more about Judith and Garon, please click here.

Learn More about our Bennett Award Winners

First SENCER State

Hawaii team accepts new award recognizing exemplary regional collaborations during SSI 2015.

Hawaii team accepts new award recognizing exemplary regional collaborations during SSI 2015.

Hawai’i’s SENCER work is varied and broad and includes social and indigenous sciences with natural sciences foci. The state sponsors two distinct groups within its team of SENCER practitioners, the Native Hawaiian Initiative and Hui o Moku. While considering their work, it became clear that their actions and accomplishments seem best suited to be recognized by an honor that acknowledges quality of the inter-institutional collaborations and deep partnerships established to improve the quality of both formal and informal education.

Learn More about our First SENCER State