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Doing Business As Name:Michigan State University
  • Julie C Libarkin
  • (517) 355-8369
Award Date:09/09/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 75,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 75,000
  • FY 2021=$75,000
Start Date:10/01/2021
End Date:09/30/2023
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative Research: CyberTraining: Pilot: A Cybertraining Program to Advance Knowledge and Equity in the Geosciences
Federal Award ID Number:2117519
DUNS ID:193247145
Parent DUNS ID:053343976
Program:CyberTraining - Training-based
Program Officer:
  • Alan Sussman
  • (703) 292-7563

Awardee Location

Street:Office of Sponsored Programs
City:East Lansing
County:East Lansing
Awardee Cong. District:08

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Michigan State University
City:East Lansing
County:East Lansing
Cong. District:08

Abstract at Time of Award

This project will build and evaluate sustainable pathways for participation in cybertraining within the Earth science fields. The project will enhance inclusivity by focusing on underrepresented geoscience students for training in cyberinfrastructure (CI), including computer programming, data analysis, and modeling, which are not typically parts of the geoscience curriculum. The project will enhance programming education for geoscience students and increase access and mentoring relationships in STEM fields, thus building sustainable CI for geoscience programing. Consequently, this project will lower barriers to entry for STEM students while developing networks and mentoring relationships in the geosciences. This project will provide geoscience graduate students with skills training that promote knowledge proliferation in software development and science communication. Students will learn to automate workflows, test code, manage code repositories, visualize data, and communicate research effectively, which will accelerate their research foundation and provide future professional opportunities. Given the size of the Spanish-speaking STEM student population in the United States, the current effort will focus on bi-lingual cybertraining. This CI project will provide opportunities to enhance coding skills and communication abilities, while expanding students’ professional network and establishing mentors at multiple career stages. Cybertraining will occur in a series of virtual and in-person terms, where students will learn Python coding and data analysis, and will be exposed to a Hackathon to provide practical application of these skills. Course materials will be open source, which will create a sustainable cybertraining program. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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