Early career can take on a variety of meanings within the NSF research and development community. For example, NSF targets junior faculty as one early career population in the CAREER program solicitation. Yet many other new PIs and co-PIs may also consider themselves to be early in their careers. For the purposes of this Spotlight, CADRE is purposefully NOT limiting the definition of early career. Rather, we hope this Spotlight and related resources are helpful to all of our community members who self-identify as early career professionals, or who work closely with them.
GENERAL EARLY CAREER RESOURCES
CADRE Early Career Guide: Tips for Early Career STEM Education Researchers
The CADRE Early Career Guide offers advice from experienced DR K-12 awardees on becoming a successful researcher in the field of STEM education, including:
- Tips on Pursuing Academic Careers
- Tips on Pursuing Non-Academic Careers
- Tips on Writing for Publication
- Tips on Building Professional Networks
- Tips on Developing NSF Proposals
Early Career Researchers and Developers in the DR K–12 Program: Needs, Supports, and Recommendations
This CADRE brief identifies needs, supports and recommendations for early career researchers and developers in the DR K-12 program, as well as in the broader field of STEM education R&D. This brief explores early career and veteran perspectives related to the following questions:
1. What topics and types of supports for professional growth do early career researchers and developers need and receive?
2. To what extent have sources of support proven helpful for early career professional growth, and how?
3. How might the support and professional development of early career researchers and developers be improved?
Early Career Opportunities
- Browse federal opportunities for graduate students at http://stemgradstudents.science.gov/.
- The IES Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program aims to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in the scientific community by providing an introduction to education research and scientific methods, meaningful opportunities to participate in education research studies, professional development, and mentoring that lead to doctoral study. Find funded programs that support Pathways Fellows.
- Looking for a post-doc opportunity? Here are 3 places to start: http://www.findapostdoc.com, http://www.postdocjobs.com, and http://www.minoritypostdoc.org.
- Search the Institute for Broadening Participation's (IBP) Pathways to Science for potential graduate student programs and fellowships.
- NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM or in STEM education
- Postdoctoral and graduate fellowships now included on the AERA Job Board.
- Current NARST members, who have completed a dissertation within the 15 months prior to September 15, 2017, are invited to submit an application for the 2018 NARST Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. Due September 15, 2017.
CADRE will continue to update early career opportunities.
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
NSF's CAREER Program supports "junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."
NSF Suggestions for Enhancing the Quality of Proposals
A Dear Colleague Letter from the NSF on CAREER Proposals Submitted to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is focused on Suggestions for Enhancing the Quality of Proposals.
2016 NSF CAREER Program Informational Webinar
On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, CADRE hosted the 2016 NSF CAREER Program Informational Webinar. This webinar was led by NSF PO Karen King. The presenters–Michelle Cirillo, Melissa Luna, and Bill Zahner–are current CAREER awardees who give their perspectives on preparing a CAREER proposal and leading STEM Education projects as first-time PIs. View the slides.
2015 Webinar Recording: Perspectives from DR K-12 CAREER grant awardees
In this webinar led by NSF PO Karen King, CAREER grant awardees Alicia Alonzo, Tina Grotzer, and Gloriana Gonzalez Rivera share their experiences as first-time PIs on both preparing their proposals and leading their projects. View the slides and recording. If applying, you are encouraged to read the current NSF CAREER solicitation (includes the description of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)) and FAQs.
Tips for Working with Graduate Students and Advisors
On January 18, 2017, DR K-12 CAREER awardees met virtually with a former CAREER awardee to discuss working with graduate students and advisors. These notes capture the highlights from their conversation and offer tips for other NSF grantees.
DR K-12 CAREER PROJECTS
2016 Videos Featuring DR K-12 CAREER Projects
Featured in the 2016 NSF STEM For All Video Showcase, these 3-minute videos are an engaging way to learn about early childhood work funded by the National Science Foundation's DR K-12 Program.
Virtual Poster Hall
View a collection of project posters that feature DR K-12 CAREER projects, presented at the 2014 and 2016 DR K-12 PI Meetings.
Visit our Mentoring Spotlight for resources related to mentoring strategies and plans.
CAREER Awardees’ group page access.