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The NSF Grants for Department-Level Reform of Undergraduate Engineering Education enable departmental and larger units to reformulate, streamline, and update engineering degree programs, develop new curricula for emerging engineering disciplines, and meet the emerging workforce and educational needs of US industry. These efforts should increase both the relevance of undergraduate engineering curricula to modern engineering practice and induce an increased proportion of students who enroll to complete engineering degree programs. This can be accomplished by introducing modern learning strategies, expanding both the disciplinary breadth and the range of problems and problem-solving techniques to which engineering students are exposed, incorporating new laboratories and research experiences, and effectively integrating the powerful software tools used in engineering practice. A unique feature this year is the emphasis on service learning as an important means to enhance student learning outcomes. Industry partners have offered their in-kind support for proposals which include a significant service learning component.

Integration of teaching and research as well continuous faculty development are key to the success of departmental-level reform. Cultural change requires active faculty participation and department head leadership.

Because MU is limited to one planning proposal and one implementation proposal, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, 203 Jesse Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2005.  Letters of intent should be limited to two pages and should include a brief summary of the curriculum to be developed, an overview of the service learning activities, a listing of key MU personnel to be involved, and whether the proposal is to be for planning or implementation.

Amount:  $8,000,000 per year for an estimated 20 planning grants of up to $100,000 each, and 6 implementation grants of up to $1,000,000 each, subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received

MU Internal deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 28, 2005
NSF deadline: Friday, March 11, 2005

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This announcement is being sent to deans, directors and chairs in engineering and physical science disciplines.  Please forward it to faculty who may be interested.


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