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Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: STELLAR ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSC | Award Amount: 148.51K | Year: 2010

This award will support an observational program to analyze high-contrast, high spatial resolution images of young stars with circumstellar disks. The principal goals will be to find planets directly or to look for morphological structures in the disks caused by the presence of planets. Much of the work will be to analyze the results of an extensive coronographic survey, but there will also be new observations.

The results of the analysis will explore the processes involved in the birth, early evolution, and architecture of exoplanets located in the outer regions of both protoplanetary and debris disks. Members of this research team also are engaged in a program which involves beginning students in research, especially students from underrepresented groups, at the University of Washington.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: STELLAR ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSC | Award Amount: 10.00K | Year: 2010

This award will provide partial support for the conference Cool Stars 16, to be held in Seattle, Washington in August, 2010.

This meeting will bring together students and professionals in the large community of stellar astronomy. This biennial conference, one of the largest regularly-held topical meetings in astrophysics, concentrates on cool stars with temperatures less than that of the Sun. The subject matter includes all aspects of the evolution of low-mass stars, including their formation and ultimate death. The conference will also explores connections between stellar and solar research.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Computing Ed for 21st Century | Award Amount: 488.13K | Year: 2014

The Council for Opportunity in Education, in collaboration with TERC, seeks to advance the understanding of social and cultural factors that increase retention of women of color in computing; and implement and evaluate a mentoring and networking intervention for undergraduate women of color based on the projects research findings. Computing is unique because it ranks as one of the STEM fields that are least populated by women of color, and because while representation of women of color is increasing in nearly every other STEM field, it is currently decreasing in computing - even as national job prospects in technology fields increase. The project staff will conduct an extensive study of programs that have successfully served women of color in the computing fields and will conduct formal interviews with 15 professional women of color who have thrived in computing to learn about their educational strategies. Based on those findings, the project staff will develop and assess a small-scale intervention that will be modeled on the practices of mentoring and networking which have been established as effective among women of color who are students of STEM disciplines. By partnering with Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances and local and national organizations dedicated to diversifying computing, project staff will identify both women of color undergraduates to participate in the intervention and professionals who can serve as mentors to the undergraduates in the intervention phase of the project. Assisting the researchers will be a distinguished Advisory Board that provides expertise in broadening the representation of women of color in STEM education. The external evaluator will provide formative and summative assessments of the projects case study data and narratives data using methods of study analysis and narrative inquiry and will lead the formative and summative evaluation of the intervention using a mixed methods approach. The intervention evaluation will focus on three variables: 1) students attitudes toward computer science, 2) their persistence in computer science and 3) their participant attitudes toward, and experiences in, the intervention.

This project extends the PIs previous NSF-funded work on factors that impact the success of women of color in STEM. The project will contribute an improved understanding of the complex challenges that women of color encounter in computing. It will also illuminate individual and programmatic strategies that enable them to participate more fully and in greater numbers. The ultimate broader impact of the project should be a proven, scalable model for reversing the downward trend in the rates at which women of color earn bachelors degrees in computer science.

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