Guidelines for Dissemination
of Travel Funds
STEMTEC has a budget line to support faculty travel
for disseminating the insights and products of our collective project. Please complete and
return forms to Marie Silver, Project Manager. Since our funds are limited, smaller
requests are more likely to be funded than large ones, as are requests with partial
funding from other sources.
Other things that might be useful to know when applying for travel funds:
- Dissemination travel funds are set aside to spread STEMTEC course innovations and other
STEMTEC models regionally and nationally. The funds generally are not available to fund
faculty development (e.g., a trip to simply attend a workshop on student-active learning
or a conference on calculus reform).
- Think broadly about ways you might disseminate our collective work. Just a few examples
of dissemination efforts STEMTEC can fund: A trip to a regional or national conference to
present a paper about the success of your course reforms or the overall efforts of
STEMTEC; a workshop at an institution outside the Collaborative on developing problems for
PBL in introductory chemistry courses or ways to address diversity in biology labs; the
presentation of a joint poster session with a college or K-12 STEMTEC colleague about
teaching experiences for undergraduates or the potential of K-16 collaborations; the
demonstration of your newly designed web-based tutorial or virtual field trip. Again,
these are only a few examples; you should think liberally about dissemination outlets and
- Strictly speaking, the funds approved by NSF are for participant travel. However, the
funds potentially might be used to support dissemination costs other than travel e.g.,
page charges in a journal publishing your article on course redesign, the production of a
short video to accompany a conference presentation, the construction of a web page
documenting and promoting new assessment strategies within the Collaborative. If in doubt
about whether your dissemination efforts are eligible for STEMTEC dissemination funds,
please ask. Well run it by NSF and see what they say.
- Dissemination travel funds are available to both college and K-12 participants in
STEMTEC, but since we are funded by NSFs Division of Undergraduate Education, a
significant proportion of the dissemination audience must be higher education.
- STEMTEC dissemination travel funds are designed primarily for travel within the United
States and Canada. Travel outside this area is possible only with specific permission from
NSF. However, STEMTEC can support international travel for dissemination purposes if the
travel supports the basic mission of STEMTEC curriculum reform in support of improving the
preparation, numbers, and diversity of K-12 science and math teachers.
- You must submit your interim or final report on your course revision efforts along with
your completed STEMTEC course application in order to be eligible for dissemination travel
Updated May 2002
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