ITEST Update from STELAR

Announcements, events, and resources provided by the  STELAR Center,
resource center for the National Science Foundation's ITEST program. 

Dear colleagues,

STELAR is saddened to share the news that NSF Program Officer Dr. Karen King passed away in December. We know that many of you worked with her or were impacted by her work, and we send our condolences to you and to the King family.  

On February 3, NSF is hosting a celebration of life for Karen, and will be compiling a memory book for her family. They seek submissions of photos and stories from PIs for the compilation. If you have these to share, please email Sam Manning ( or Beth Herbal Eisenmann (

In case you missed it:
2020 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase

ITEST Projects - register now for the STEM for All Video Showcase! 

Registration is open through February 10 - or until capacity is reached! Space is limited, so register your intent to present now!
The 2020 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice will be held online May 5-12, 2020.  If you are engaged in a federally-funded project to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, we invite you to submit a video to the showcase and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public during an interactive week long event.

In order to participate, a lead presenter from your project must register for the event before February 10.

NOTE: Video submissions will not be due until April. Registration indicates your project's interest and ensures you receive communications to aid you in preparing for the event.
Register to Present

Featured Resource

January is Mentoring Month! 

Introducing the STEM for All Multiplex!

Our colleagues at TERC have launched a new way to engage with the topics and videos generated through the STEM for All Video Showcase! An online, free, and highly interactive platform, the Multiplex features videos more than 800 videos from 2015-2019. Be sure to check out the more than 120 videos submitted by ITEST projects!

Each month the Multiplex will select a topic of interest with a blog, expert webinar panel, playlist of related videos, discussion, and resources. January's theme is: Broadening Participation in STEM Through Community Engagement. We encourage you to explore the Multiplex by: 

Share your project activities through the MIS!

What is the MIS?

The Management Information System (MIS) is an online survey that STELAR administers annually to the PIs of projects that have been active in the past year.

STELAR's goal is to use this survey to gather information across the huge variety of ITEST projects, which then enables us to tell the story of the types of work being carried out in the ITEST Program!  These stories make the program more visible, and help attract the attention of multiple stakeholder groups.  

Your effort in completing the MIS helps the entire ITEST community by:
  • collecting data on the numbers and populations served 
  • capturing dissemination materials for upload to our website
  • uncovering topics of interest to the community for future publications, meetings, and webinars
  • identifying synergies and gaps within the ITEST portfolio
  • creating reports such as our Snapshot and Data Briefs
This year, Brianna Roche will helm the data collection effort for our 11th year of collecting ITEST project data. Be on the lookout for an email from STELAR! 

Management Information System (MIS) Reports

View a selection of reports derived from MIS data in our STELAR materials page:

A look at the ITEST Management Information System (MIS)

In 2016 STELAR posted a blog exploring the MIS and  detailing the importance of this continuous data collection effort. Read more about the MIS

Upcoming Events

FEB 6 - 2PM ET

NSF Webinar: NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Update 

The National Science Foundation has issued a revised version of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) which will become effective beginning June 1, 2020. Join NSF for a webinar on changes to the PAPPG, 2/6 at 2PM ET. 

Upcoming Opportunities





NSF EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

NSF Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF)

Applications Invited for the Modern Meta-Analysis Research Institute

Computer Science for All (CSforAll: Research and RPPs)
Did you know that STELAR is your one-stop for dissemination support? 
If you have publications, resources, or project updates - email us today! 

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL-1614697. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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