Our world is changing faster than ever before--technology is developing at an unprecedented rate and the world faces extraordinary challenges with solutions based in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). What is needed to prepare STEM graduate students to meet these modern day challenges? Fundamental changes are also occurring in the career options for STEM professionals. What is necessary to navigate the career pathways of the future?

The Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation challenges STEM graduate students across the nation to submit innovative ideas to prepare them for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. Entries are solicited for ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward, for example, students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Make your voice heard on STEM graduate education!

  • Who: Currently enrolled STEM graduate students (see eligibility criteria below)
  • What: A 1000 to 1500 word submission responding to this challenge
  • Where: Register HERE
  • When: Entries must be submitted by 11:59PM Pacific Time on April 15, 2013
Submissions will include:
  • The title of your submission (150 characters or less)
  • The issue in graduate education you wish to address
  • Your solution or idea
  • How your idea will change graduate education
  • Individuals or teams may submit.
  • All participants must have a bachelor’s degree and be currently enrolled as a graduate student pursuing either a Masters or PhD in a STEM discipline within the mission of the NSF as defined in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (See FAQs and the Participants’ Guide for more information. )
  • Graduate students enrolled at accredited academic institutions located in the United States and its territories are eligible.
  • Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • The title should be brief and informative (150 characters or less).
  • Participants must self-certify their eligibility as part of the online submission.

The Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge is a Skild supported competition.

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