NSF – Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

NSF 12-529


NSF Full Proposal Deadline: August 13, 2013

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.

Each college needs to screen the pre-proposals within their unit. The Dean will determine the proposal to be sent to the Office of Sponsored Programs and to represent Oregon State University for submission to NSF.

NSF – Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

1.     An institution may submit one proposal from each constituent college or school that awards eligible degrees. (For example, a university with a College of Engineering, a School of Life Sciences, and a College of Arts and Sciences could submit on proposal from each for a total of three. However, within a College of Engineering, if the Department of Electrical Engineering were submitting a proposal, a proposal from the Department of Mechanical Engineering could be submitted only in a subsequent year. The two departments could also submit a proposal jointly.)

2.     An institution without constituent schools (for example, a 4-year college or a community college) may submit one proposal each year.

3.     An institution that is part of a larger system is considered separate for this purpose if it is geographically separate and has its own chief academic officer.


Requests for Service of Alcohol at University Events: Risk Management Reminder: Patrick Hughes, Chief Risk Officer at OSU, reminds the campus community that all events where alcohol is served must be registered through the Office of Risk Management. Request must be submitted using the online registration form: http://risk.oregonstate.edu/alcohol-service. Requests must be submitted at least 21 days prior to the event date.

LinkedIn’s Higher Education Leader: John Hill, LinkedIn higher education evangelist, is leading an exclusive session with advisors and staff to share best practices and strategies on how you can advise students to utilize LinkedIn to brand and market themselves online, network with alumni and professionals in their field, and leverage their brand and network in the job and internship search.  Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m. to noon, CORD 2113 (Limited seating/room capacity 77). Students are invited to a separate LinkedIn session on May 22 from 6-7 p.m. – ILLC 155

The OSU College of Science is pleased to announce the inaugural award in the Ideas to Impact program.

Prof. Wei Kong of the OSU Chemistry Department and Prof. Joseph Beckman of the OSU Environmental Health Science Center have been awarded $100,000 for a one-year project on “Macromolecule structures at Angstrom resolution using electron diffraction of laser oriented molecules embedded in superfluid helium droplets.”  The goal of their work is to build a new instrument to determine the structure of macromolecules such as proteins.  Conventional x-ray crystallography is limited to molecules that can be crystallized.  Profs. Kong and Beckman propose to circumvent this limitation by using individual macromolecules that are frozen in superfluid helium droplets.  An elliptically polarized laser will then control the alignment of the diffraction species: holding the molecules in the same direction and rotating the direction for data collection from different projections.  The Ideas to Impact funding will allow them to build a prototype of the apparatus.  This new technique will open major frontiers in structural biology and have important uses for characterizing nanomaterials.

The Ideas to Impact program (I2I) is designed to accelerate technology innovation by awarding OSU scientists crucial funding to launch the proof-of-concept phase of commercialization.  I2I was created in 2011 via charitable gifts to the College of Science.  This program supports applied research and development focused on demonstrating proof-of-concept or constructing prototypes, not basic or discovery research.  The primary goal of I2I grants is to markedly enhance the probability that promising new technologies and concepts will be transitioned from the university and non-profit environments and be developed into products, services, or licensing agreements.

NEW! Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Fall, Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2013-14. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: May 13.

NEW! Fixed Term Faculty Survey: We are seeking input from non-administrative faculty members who are unclassified and not on a tenure-track. This includes instructors, research faculty, and professional faculty. Results will provide important information regarding the general climate and working conditions for non-tenure track faculty at OSU. Eligible faculty members should receive an e-mail linking to the confidential survey this week. This survey is sponsored by the Faculty Status Committee of the Faculty Senate and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). For more information email lcramer@oregonstate.edu.

Please note the following upcoming purchasing deadlines for FY13 purchases and pass along to all faculty and staff as necessary.

If you or your faculty are planning to make purchases within the dollar amounts indicated, you must gather all required documentation and submit to the Business Center before these deadlines to ensure purchases will be made and received in FY13.

Friday, May 10 :  Last day to submit to PaCS at pacs@oregonstate.edu any purchase requisitions for $100,000 or greater for FY13

Friday, June 7 :   Last day to submit to PaCS at pacs@oregonstate.edu any FY13 purchase requisition between $25,000-$100,000

Please note that these deadlines are PaCS’ deadlines.  The BC staff will need at least two to three days to process your requests.

If you have questions on submitting purchase requisitions, please contact me or your assigned department accountants as soon as possible.


Join us at Oregon State University in Corvallis July 21 – 24 for NORM 13 Preceeded by the annual DaVicni Days Weekend







Visit our website for evolving program & special event information http://norm13.org/ACS_Norm13/Home.html

My name is Steph Walker and I am starting up a new chapter of the Materials Research Society on campus. I thought some of your students might be interested. Our group focuses on exposing undergraduate and graduate students to careers in materials science through activities on and around the OSU campus. Specifically, this term we are focusing on going on materials science related lab tours as well as having a panel discussion with a faculty member, grad student, career counselor, and someone from industry about materials science careers.

Because materials science is very interdisciplinary, I would like the club to have members from many different colleges. It would add a lot of value to the group as well as open up opportunities for lab tours and discussions in other departments related to materials. (Right now, we are based in the Chemical Engineering department, but I would like to expand this.)

The students do not have to be paying MRS members yet but MRS student members receive many benefits, detailed here:

http://mrs.org/member-benefits/. (We’re not yet requiring this yet to go to meetings).

We will be posting more information periodically on our blog:


I hope you will consider putting a notice in your newsletter about our forming club and spread the word to anyone who may be interested!


Thank you,