Many of the VAST activities are designed and led by USC Viterbi faculty. VAST is committed to helping the faculty to participate in, design, and implement programs to further enhance VAST. See the Contacts page to talk to one of us.


New and of Interest

  • NEW! Guide to FY2016 Research Funding at the US Department of Education and the ED program charts
  • NEW! NSF’s DCL focused on “the Maker Movement,” encouraging EAGER proposals on STEM Education.
  • NEW! The NASA Ames Robotics Alliance Project (RAP) soliciting for administrators for two robotics competitions. Learn more >>
  • NEW! NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources is interested in research and development activities aimed at successful K-12 STEM education. Learn more >>
  • Post new programs and opportunities to the site. IBP conducts year-round outreach to students, faculty and administrators in underserved communities and underrepresented groups, publicizing posted opportunities, including K-12 opportunities, research experiences for undergraduates, funded undergraduate and graduate programs, internships, scholarships and fellowships, and opportunities for mentoring and professional development, post-doctoral placements, and early career faculty – all searchable by discipline, keyword, institution or area.
  • Let’s Change the Conversation! Tools to Inspire Tomorrow’s Engineers and other publications from The National Academy of Engineering

Participate in an Existing Program

Faculty interested in getting involved in an existing K-12 STEM outreach program should review the following programs which involve hosting K-12 teachers in the lab, usually during the summer:

Design Your Own Activity

There are many ways that faculty can participate directly in K-12 STEM outreach. See a full list of options and contacts on the Design Your Own Activity page (left menu). Below are a few examples that are linked to that page.

Write a Proposal for Funding

K-12 STEM education is one of the national priorities, fundable by National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Department of Education, among others. See the Government Sponsored Competitions page (left menu) for more information. Please see below for some of the funding avenues for K-12 STEM outreach efforts.

Useful Resources for Faculty

Check out the following resources at USC:

  • Potential Collaborators at USC – A list of USC faculty who have let us know that they would be interested in collaborating with Viterbi faculty on K-12 STEM outreach proposals
  • Potential K-12 Schools in LA – A list of schools in Los Angeles at which USC has a pre-college program. You can start here if you wish to contact a school about doing outreach.
  • USC Federal Relations advocates for federal funding for research. Director Jennifer Grodsky will explain current funding levels and trends at the agencies to which you are interested in applying (NSF, DoD, IES, etc.).
  • USC Research Website offers extensive guidance for investigators seeking funding and applying to sponsored research competitions.

Stay current with the following reports and web sites:

  • Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (9/13/12) A national research report investigating girls’ perceptions, attitudes, and interests in the subjects and general field of [STEM] from the voices of girls themselves. The report consists of a literature review, as well as qualitative (focus group) and quantitative (survey) research with 1,000 girls across the country. The study finds that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but need further exposure and education about what STEM careers can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.
  • Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (November 2013) is an NSF report that provides statistical information about the participation of women, minorities and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment.
  • STEM Education Data and Trends is a web-based statistical tool for the STEM education communities, presented by the National Science Board

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