Events & Announcements

Webinar sponsored by CGS on preparing NSF GRFP applications on Oct. 8th

posted Sep 27, 2013, 9:04 AM by PROMISE AGEP

Webinar: Preparing NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Applications

3:00 PM EDT, October 8, 2013
This session will be an overview of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GFRP) and the program updates for the FY2014 competition. Gisele Muller-Parker, GFRP Program Director, and Henning Schroeder, CGS/NSF Dean in Residence, will engage participants in a discussion about how they can help applicants to be competitive. 
Register online.

Or the link below

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Coffee chat on Wednesday October 2

posted Sep 27, 2013, 9:01 AM by PROMISE AGEP

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Office invites interested applicants with any unique questions regarding the program and application process to join the Coffee Chat on Wednesday, September 25th, or Wednesday, October 2nd,any time between 2 and 4 PM (Eastern Time).  


The PMF Class of 2014 tentative application period is from Tuesday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. We recommend you apply early and set aside ample time to complete the entire application.


The Become A PMF section on the PMF website will soon be updated for the PMF Class of 2014 application cycle. Most information on the website is from last year’s application process, but the information will give you a good overview of the general application process. If applicants have specific questions, they should consider dropping in to the session.


The Coffee Chat will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions as submitted. On September 25th or October 2nd, applicants can connect at and select “Enter as a Guest.”

Adobe Connect computer capability can be tested beforehand by going to Adobe Connect is also supported on mobile devices. For more information, please visit

Most questions will get answered within a couple minutes. We anticipate extremely high-volume periods at certain times throughout the time period. During these times, responses may take 10 minutes or more. We ask for your patience during these periods.

As a reminder, this session is intended for applicant stakeholders only.

Webinar Your Path to Professional Licensure

posted Jan 28, 2013, 6:37 AM by PROMISE AGEP

Your Path to Professional Licensure

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

6:30 – 7:30 pm EST


What better time to learn about professional engineering licensure than during National Engineers Week 2013!  This Webinar is designed for engineering students to convey the importance, value and benefits that licensure can bring to one's engineering career.   The presentation will describe the step-by-step process to professional licensure and cover the basics of the FE and PE examinations relevant to engineering students and graduates.  In addition to conveying the value of licensure to students at a time when they are making preliminary, but important, decisions about the direction they want their careers to take, this Webinar contains several career profiles of professionals at nationally recognized firms who undoubtedly provide targeted information about how licensure has played a role in their success.


This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about obtaining licensure.   To register, visit and click on “Attend a Webinar.” The registration link will be under the “Your Path to Professional Licensure” event description.  If you are not an ASCE member, please type the word "LICENSURE" in the membership number section to complete your registration.



Constance V.A. Thompson, CCDP

Senior Manager, Diversity

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

World Headquarters

1801 Alexander Bell Drive

Reston, Virginia 20191-4400

703.295.6405 (p)

703.295.6491 (f) (e)

NSF I-Corps program Information

posted May 27, 2012, 7:59 PM by PROMISE AGEP

Synopsis of Program:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds

upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies,

products and processes that benefit society.


In order to jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem, NSF is establishing the NSF Innovation Corps (NSF ICorps).

The NSF I-Corps' purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in

the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.


The purpose of the NSF I-Corps grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the

readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. The outcome

of the I-Corps projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go/no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2)

should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan to do so, and 3) a technology demonstration for

potential partners.


A webinar will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2PM, Eastern Time, to answer questions about I-Corps. The webinars will provide updated information about the I-Corps Mentor Network, the curriculum, and other aspects of I-Corps.

  1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone
    888-889-0497 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR

    210-839-8288 (for callers outside the U.S.)

    Participant passcode: 8376156

    You may download the slides in advance -- download the slides (PDF).
  2. Access the visual portion of the webinar at, or:

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support.

AAAS Law and Diversity Project: Publications Online

posted Mar 29, 2012, 7:18 AM by PROMISE AGEP

Dear Colleagues:

The three major publications from the second phase of AAAS's NSF-funded Law & Diversity Project are now available online.

Beyond Federal Law: Trends and Principles Associated with State Laws Banning the Consideration of Race, Ethnicity, and Sex Among Public Education Institutions:

The Smart Grid for Institutions of Higher Education and the Students They Serve:

Summary and Highlights of the Handbook on Diversity and the Law:

i3 Grant Reviewers Needed for US Department of Education

posted Mar 7, 2012, 1:56 PM by PROMISE AGEP

i3 Grant Reviewers Needed


The Investing in Innovation (i3) competition is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s signature initiatives.  The i3 program currently supports 72 grantees across the country, and the Department has just announced a new competition for i3 applicants (please see for more information on the newly announced i3 grant competition).


Selecting the winning i3 applicants is integral to the overall success of the program, and we are hopeful that you might be able to lend your time and expertise to this endeavor.  All i3 grantees are selected through a rigorous peer review process.  The Department is currently seeking reviewers with expertise in one or more of the following Absolute Priorities, or in education evaluation, for the recently announced 2012 i3 competition:

1.      Supporting Effective Teachers and Principals

2.      Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

3.      Improving Parent and Family Engagement (this is a new priority for the i3 competition this year)

4.      Implementing Standards and Assessments

5.      Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

6.      Improving Achievement in Rural LEA’s


        Education Research and Evaluation


Please note that while it is essential that you have subject-matter expertise in at least one of the aforementioned Absolute Priorities, it is not necessary to have expertise in multiple areas listed above.


In addition, the Department is seeking reviewers with experience in:

  1. Innovation
  2. Growth and Scaling Programs/Organizations
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Grant Making and/or Oversight


Selected reviewers will receive a stipend and will work remotely on a part-time basis. Reviewers must be available for at least one of the following time periods:

  • Approximately late April to late May (not full-time); and/or
  • Approximately mid-June to late July (not full-time); and/or
  • Approximately mid-August to mid-September (not full-time).


To apply to be an i3 peer reviewer, please follow the instructions at  You will be asked to register and submit your resume.  When the system prompts you for your areas of specialization, please ensure you select at least one of the i3 Absolute Priorities: teacher/principal effectiveness, STEM education, standards/assessments, parent/family engagement, school turnarounds and/or rural achievement.


Please share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in being peer reviewer for i3.  Having a diverse, experienced and knowledgeable pool of peer reviewers is critical to the i3 competition and the Department’s overall efforts to enhance the implementation of leading practices that produce meaningful results for our neediest students, and we strongly encourage all interested peer reviewers to apply.  The deadline for applying to be a peer reviewer is Wednesday, March 21, 2012.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


UCSF GHS MS degree: application deadline extended to March 23, 2012

posted Feb 20, 2012, 8:49 AM by PROMISE AGEP

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has extended the application deadline for the Masters degree in Global Health Sciences to March 23, 2012
 UCSF Global Health Sciences, the first in the country to offer a Masters degree in Global Health Sciences, is accepting applications until March 23, 2012 for the class of 2013, matriculating in September 2012.
 This one-year program provides students in the health sciences and allied fields with the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership roles in global health through a multi-disciplinary curriculum and an applied global health fieldwork experience.  More than 70 faculty from UCSF, as well as from the UC Global Health Institute, teach and mentor students.  Graduates are prepared for careers in international health policy, health care, research and development.
 A unique aspect and strength of our program is the high faculty to student ratio.
For more program information and how to apply online, please see our website:
Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only
Laurie Kalter
Education Program Coordinator
UCSF Global Health Sciences
50 Beale St., Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 597-8119

Research Study supported by UNC-Charlotte ADVANCE

posted Jan 19, 2012, 6:55 AM by PROMISE AGEP

A research study supported by the UNC-Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs Office was recently published inChange: The Magazine of Higher Learning. The article entitled “Removing the Barriers to Full Professor: A Mentoring Program for Associate Professors” was authored by Dr. Kimberly Buch, Associate Professor in Psychology, and leader of the ADVANCE Mid-Career Mentoring Initiative; Dr. Yvette Huet, Director of the ADVANCE Faculty Affairs Office and Interim Chair of Kinesiology; Dr. Audrey Rorrer, Research Associate in the College of Computing and Informatics and former Lead Evaluator, ADVANCE Faulty Affairs Office; and Lynn Roberson, Director of Communications in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and former Project Director, ADVANCE Faculty Affairs Office


The article describes the results of a campus-wide assessment at UNC-Charlotte that identified career-development needs of associate professors at the Institution, and the response of the Institution to those needs. The results of the survey highlighted the unique career challenges facing associate professors, and mirrored previous findings of gender differences in perceptions about the processes and expectations regarding promotion to full professor. A high percentage of respondents, regardless of gender, indicated that it would be beneficial to their careeradvancement to have a mentor. The survey findings informed the development and implementation of a mid-career mentoring initiative by the ADVANCE Faculty Affairs Office. The goal of the program was to engage associate professors in proactive, intentional career planning in a supportive environment. A second survey was performed two years after the initial needs assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the mentoring initiative. Results indicated that it was effective in changing previously identified faculty perceptions of the barriers to promotion, and that faculty members benefitted from participating in the program.  However, the authors acknowledge that while mentoringis an important component of career development for mid-level faculty, it is not a “cure-all”, but should be part of a comprehensive institutional-wide effort to facilitate the promotion of associate professors to the rank of full professor.



The study described in the article was supported under NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award 0548401 to UNC-Charlotte Provost Joan F. Lorden.


To cite this article: Kimberly Buch, Yvette Huet, Audrey Rorrer & Lynn Roberson (2011): Removing the Barriers to Full Professor: A Mentoring Program for Associate Professors, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 43:6, 38-45

To link to this article:

NSF Financial Services Transition to in January 2012

posted Jan 3, 2012, 6:35 AM by PROMISE AGEP

In January 2012, changes will occur as part of the transition from FastLane to Please note that these changes will impact financial users at all NSF awardee institutions.


·         Revised NSF policy requires that grantees prepare and submit FFRs through beginning with reports that are due on February 1, 2012. For further information, review Article 9 of the NSF Agency Specific Requirements to the Research Terms & Conditions posted at

·         Beginning in January, financial users will only be able to access financial functions by going directly to and using current FastLane login credentials to login. A financial user who tries to access financial functions through FastLane will be transferred directly to to login

·         The changes being implemented in January only impact financial users. Access to other services on FastLane and remain the same

·         The FFR/financial function transition is another major step in the transition of FastLane to

·         The FFR/financial function transition is the first of three major transitions that will occur in the next 12 months, including the transition to Award Cash Management Service and the Research Performance Progress Report  in January 2013

For More Information (do NOT reply to this email)


·         For further information on the new FFR requirement, review Article 9 of the NSF Agency Specific Requirements  to the Research Terms & Conditions posted at

·         Clicking on’s  “Help” service gives users access to directions for accessing financial  functions and preparing and submitting FFRs

·         For additional assistance, contact the Help Desk, 7 AM - 9 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except for federal holidays).  Users can contact the Help Desk by calling 1.800.381.1532 or by emailing 

*Do not reply to this email this was forwarded as information – please send questions to*

A Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy & Maternity Leave

posted Oct 3, 2011, 6:09 AM by PROMISE AGEP

The National Postdoctoral Association's ADVANCE project has developed a new online resource, “A Postdoc’s Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave,” that may be of use to women postdoctoral scholars in your community. The guide provides general information on pregnancy and maternity leave for postdocs, including tips on keeping your research going and talking with your postdoctoral supervisor.

The guide covers such topics as: Research Concerns for your Pregnancy; Maternity Leave and Federal Funding Guidelines; and Making a Maternity Research Plan.

You can find it here:

Planning for pregnancy and maternity leave can present an array of complexities for postdocs due to the position’s temporary nature and the variety of funding sources. The goal of this guide is to provide a postdoc with some initial guidance on how to find the detailed information that may apply to her situation at her institution.

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