Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty members at U.S. institutions whose primary appointment is in a department of astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics, but not in a school of medicine or engineering. The department must grant both the BS/BA and Ph.D. For the 2014 proposal cycle, eligibility is limited to faculty members who started their first tenure-track position anytime in calendar year 2011.
Cottrell Scholar applicants submit two plans, one describing the research and one the educational activities. The project plans must be for a period of three years. The ability of applicants to mount a strong research program and their commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level are two main criteria in the selection of awards. Successful educational plans show strong potential for significant impact in lower division courses, with the objective of increasing attraction and retention of students in science careers. Consult the complete program guidelines and the FAQ section for full details.
The 2014 deadline for proposal submission is August 15, 2014. Applications must conform to guidelines and directions, and need to be endorsed by the institution. Potential applicants begin the online submission process by completing the eligibility quiz. If eligible, applicants are given access to a web page with application forms and submission instructions. View a sample application. For questions regarding eligibility and application processes, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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