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Laura Regassa1

1, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Graduate education is poised to undergo significant changes as we consider how best to prepare students for a dynamically shifting workforce. Areas of high national need often require scientists and engineers that can work in interdisciplinary/convergent spaces with strong, career-aligned skillsets. This presentation will focus on two National Science Foundation programs within the Division of Graduate Education that support new educational models and approaches. The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program was designed to broaden graduate student career pathways and preparation, foster lasting institutional changes in graduate training, and support interdisciplinary to convergent STEM research. The program currently supports 68 projects across 33 states and territories; each project has a budget of approximately $3,000,000. The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program supports studies to test new approaches and generate the knowledge to identify best practices in graduate education. IGE awards are focused, educational research projects with budgets ranging from $300,000-$500,000. Taken together, these programs are testing new models and approaches that will train inclusive cohorts of STEM graduate students with the appropriate career-aligned skillsets to productively move into diverse career pathways. The presenter is the Lead Program Director for both NRT and IGE. PIs interested in learning more about these funding opportunities are encouraged to attend. Program objectives and exemplary projects will be discussed, and time will be included to answer programmatic questions.

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