Small Grants Program for Local and Regional Outreach Promoting the Understanding of Evolutionary Biology

This is a call for proposals for support for local and regional educational outreach activities to take place during 2017. It is our hope that these projects will lead to ongoing outreach collaboration in future years.  Preference will be given to new collaborations, but extensions of previously projects that have evidence of success are allowed.

Guidelines for applying for funds to support SSE 2017 outreach projects are as follows:

  1. Proposal: Clearly but briefly state your plans in NO MORE THAN one single-spaced page.
  2. Amounts requested may be up to $1000.  Include a short justification for the use of the funds.  Indicate any additional matching funds and include letters of commitment from collaborative partners.  NOTE: Projects under $500 will receive funds upon award.  Projects from $500 - $1000 will receive funds upon completion of the project and submission of receipts.
  3. Send your request by email attachment (subject heading 'SSE Outreach 2016') to Robert Pennock [pennock5@msu.edu] no later than 25 January 2017.

Applications will be ranked by an SSE Education Committee working group according to the following criteria:

  1. Clarity and quality of the proposed activity;
  2. Expected impact in terms of reaching a critical or broad audience;
  3. Evidence, in the form of matching funds, of partnership outside of your immediate academic department;
  4. Indication as to how the project might lead to new or ongoing successful outreach collaborations.

We expect to fund in the range of 10-20 applications, with announcement of awards to take place by February 8, 2017. 

Examples of past outreach activities have included public lectures, exhibits, student competitions, and professional development events for teachers.  We especially encourage proposals that focus on discussing and implementing evolution education reforms recommended in the Vision & Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: Chronicling Change, Inspiring the Future (2013) report
http://visionandchange.org/files/2015/07/VISchange2015_webFin.pdf
or on dialogues between undergraduate instructors and K-12 teachers around the new emphasis on evolution in the AP Biology Curriculum Framework (2015)
https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-biology-course-and-exam-description.pdf
and the Next Generation Science Standards
http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards.

We look forward to your applications!

Even if you are not interested in applying for funding from the SSE, we encourage you to engage through whatever means are at your disposal in opportunities to promote public understanding of evolutionary biology.
Sincerely,

Robert T. Pennock
Chair, SSE Education Committee Outreach Grants Program

  

  

Previous Winners  

  

2012

Kaitlin Bonner
Oregon State University
OR, USA

Dale Broder
Colorado State University
CO, USA

Sarah Fitzpatrick
Colorado State University
CO, USA

Dr. Andrea Gloria-Soria
Yale University
CT, USA

John T. Lovell
Colorado State University
CO, USA

Dr. Barbara Lundrigan
Michigan State University
MI, USA

Dr. Muaro Mandriolo
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
ITALY

Julia Spalding-Beegles
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
CO, USA

 


2011

Dr. Paula Cushing
Denver Museum of Natural History
CO, USA

Kevin Deitz
Texas A&M University
TX, USA

Sarah Eddy
Oregon State University 
OR, USA

Dr. Norman Johnson
University of Massachusets 
MA, USA

David Kikuchi
University of North Carolina 
NC, USA

Dr. Barbara Lundrigan 
Michigan State University 
MI, USA

Dr. Emilie Snell-Rood
University of Minnesota
MN, USA

Dr Philip Barnes
Connecticut College
CT, USA

 

 

2010


Dr. Clement Kent
York University
Ontario, CANADA

Dr. Levi Morran
Indiana University
IN, USA 

Aman Gill
Stony Brook University
NY, USA

Dr Jim Smith
Lyman Briggs College
MI, USA

Alexandra Sá Pinto and Dr. Rita Campos
CIBIO-UP (ICETA) 
PORTUGAL

 


2009

Dr. Juan Arroyo
Universidad de Seville
SPAIN

Dr. Luciano Javier Avila
Centro Nacional Patagonico
ARGENTINA

Dr. Alex Badyaev 
University of Arizona
AZ, USA

Dr. Peter Berendzen
University of Northern Iowa
IA, USA

Dr. Paula Cushing 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
CO, USA

Dr. Dany Garant 
Université de Sherbrooke 
Quebec, CANADA

Dr. Root Gorelick
Carleton University
Ontario, CANADA

Dr. Stephen Heard 
University of New Brunswick
New Brunswick, CANADA

Dr. Valentina Islas 
University of St Andrews
UNITED KINGDOM

Dr. Christopher Ivey 
California State University
CA, USA

Kimberley Kandros 
North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
NC, USA

Dr. Jeremy Kirchman 
New York State Museum
NY, USA

Dr. Richard Kliman 
Cedar Crest College
PA, USA

Dr. Sophie Lardy 
Société Écologique à Responsabilité Limitée
FRANCE

Dr. Enrique Lessa 
Universidad de la República
URUGUAY

Dr. Barbara Lundrigan 
Michigan State University
MI, USA

Tara Maginness 
St Edwards University 
TX, USA

Dr. Louise Mead 
National Centre for Science Education
CA, USA

Dr. Francesc Mestres 
Universitat de Barcelona
SPAIN

Dr John Niedzwiecki 
Belmont University
TN, USA

Erik Pietrowicz 
University of Southern Maine
ME, USA

Dr. Margaret Ptacek 
Clemson University
SC, USA

Dr. Rosie Redfield 
University of British Columbia 
British Columbia, CANADA

Dr. Ingo Schlupp 
University of Oklahoma
OK, USA

Dr. Antonio Guillén 
Servent Instituto de Ecología, A. C.
MEXICO

Dr. Nancy Staub 
Gonzaga University
WA, USA

Dr. Richard Thomas 
Southern Illinois University
IL, USA

Dr. Lisa Wallace 
Mississippi University
MI, USA


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