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Undergraduate Education (DUE) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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students at computer Cybersecurity: It's about way more than countering hackers
Growing professionals in cybersecurity means supporting an interdisciplinary approach that develops sophisticated thinkers
Released  October 30, 2014
James Hewlett holds a black bear cub Community college project gets students on the STEM path
Undergraduates get involved in research activities as part of teaching mission
Released  September 24, 2014
educators shooting video for virtual field trip to Grand Canyon Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates
Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
Released  September 18, 2014
physics professor with undergraduates (Really) learning physics
Sustained investment in 'peer instruction' leads to wide-scale use of innovative teaching practice in undergraduate physics education and a Minerva Prize for NSF-funded physicist Eric Mazur
Released  July 16, 2014
collage of students and faculty Igniting studentsí passion for science
Environmental scientists connect with community colleges and diverse communities to engage in STEM topics
Released  May 14, 2014
students at computers using Social Explorer Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
Census Explorer, a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods, is powered by Social Explorer, a data visualization tool developed by NSF-funded sociologist Andrew Beveridge
Released  March 27, 2014
At City College of San Francisco, student Daniela Cardenas prepares DNA for analysis Preparing high-tech workers, meeting needs of employers
NSF celebrates 20 years of advancing technological education
Released  December 4, 2013
Students prepare solutions in a  lab at Austin Community College Building it big in Texas: Community college program trains biotech workforce
A multi-faceted training program funded by the National Science Foundation prepares students from a variety of backgrounds for careers in biotechnology
Released  November 20, 2013
Robotic structure under water Underwater robotics competition helps students build skills for ocean occupations
Annual competition, sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technological Education Center, gives competitors a taste of the real-life capabilities needed to maintain an ocean observing system
Released  August 23, 2013
Math coach working with students In Nebraska, university and school districts build formula for better math education
Support from local foundations spurs growth at an innovative NSF-funded partnership working to close the math achievement gap
Released  August 2, 2013
Karen Oberhauser with children observing a flowering plant White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology
"Champions of Change" recognized for engaging non-scientists in research
Released  June 25, 2013
President Obama tours a classroom at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas Designs on the Future of High-school Engineering: UTeachEngineering
What started as a teacher training program morphed into a year-long, high school engineering course and multiple professional development opportunities
Released  June 21, 2013
professor Autar Kaw with students One Click Away: Online Courseware Promotes Free Access to Math Instruction
Autar Kaw, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of South Florida, combines classroom instruction with a host of online resources to help students master advanced math concepts
Released  January 17, 2013
Photo of researcher Ram Dantu holding smart phone in his car. An App to Improve Driving
NSF-funded inventor is an expert in wireless networks and security
Released  November 1, 2012
Students use the PhET Wave Interference simulation. PhET Simulations Provide Interactive Learning Tools
The PhET project, which was founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, offers simulations where students can simulate experiments and more
Released  January 25, 2012
Photo of a teacher with two students carrying out a science experiment. "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology" Initiative Charts New Path for College-level Biology
Meeting the needs of the 21st Century
Released  January 24, 2012
Image of rear computer panel showing wires and USP cords plugged into outlets. Degree Program at Clark State Community College Teaches Students About Cybersecurity
Knowledge in cybersecurity and related careers help to ensure the safety of computer systems, networks and other technology-based equipment
Released  November 10, 2011
Screenshot from the Earth Exploration Toolbook. The Earth Exploration Toolbook Wins SPORE Award
Online resource for teachers and students provides data and data analysis tools related to the Earth sciences
Released  October 3, 2011
Image of a woman, who is a fellow in Math for America, teaching math to students in a classroom. The Root of a Good Math Teacher
Teachers are learning how to inspire the next generation of math geniuses in Washington, D.C.
Released  September 2, 2011
Screenshot of the Molecular Workbench. The Molecular Workbench Wins SPORE Award
NSF-funded project wins award for being an outstanding online educational resource
Released  August 4, 2011
Interactive Zoom Gallery tool on the Ask a Biologist website. Student Questions Answered by Biologists through PlantingScience and Ask a Biologist
SPORE Award-winning projects are useful online resources for biology
Released  August 4, 2011
Two students learning welding skills at Weld-Ed. Weld-Ed Sparks Training and Development for Welding Students and Educators
Program seeks to meet economic need for an educated and skilled workforce of manufacturers
Released  August 1, 2011
Photo of Professor James Hewlett with a red-tailed hawk in hand. Boy or Girl? Understanding How Red-Tailed Hawks Migrate
Researchers and students collaborate on a study to explore the migration patterns of male and female red-tailed hawks in upstate New York
Released  June 24, 2011
Photo of President Obama speaking at TechBoston Academy. President Obama Highlights Success of Technology-driven TechBoston Academy
NSF support of Boston public school promotes teacher development and student learning in science, technology, engineering and math
Released  March 30, 2011
Photo of members of Teacher Advisory Board collaborating on design of CCS application. Customizing Science Instruction With Digital Libraries
Animations, images and interactive media help engage Denver students in earth science
Released  July 29, 2010
Photo of two Long Beach City College ROV Team members launching the ROV in the pool. Engineering Students Build Underwater 'Bot
Long Beach City College's Ian Jasper tells what it's like to be a member of a student team participating in an international remotely operated vehicle competition
Released  September 16, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Photo of Noyce Sholars. Noyce Scholars Learn Classroom Survival Skills
Program benefits future STEM teachers and high-need schools
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo shows Gretchen Hofmann and Tom Crombia carrying out a "field repair" on the rover. High School Students Build Antarctic Submersible
Two female high school graduates build an underwater, camera-equipped "rover" that can operate beneath polar ice
Released  April 14, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008

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