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NISER works with institutions across the country to provide high quality STEM program evaluation. We serve projects funded through several major federal agencies, as well as private foundations and non-profits. *indicates a specific focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Current Projects Lead Institution Funding Agency Dates
Oak Ridge Institute Workforce Development Project University of Tennessee U.S. Dept. of Energy 10/2020-9/2025
Collaborative Research: PPoSS: Planning: Performance Scalability, Trust, and Reproducibility: A Community Roadmap to Robust Science in High-throughput Applications University of Tennessee NSF 10/2020-9/2021
*Expanding Pathways from High School into the Biotechnology


Harford Community College NSF 10/2020-9/2023
*Shaping Experiential Research for Veteran Education (SERVE) University of Tennessee Office of Naval Research
*Growing Access in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) University of Tennessee One UT Collaboration and Innovation Grants 8/2020-8/2022
*Imagining Possibilities in Postsecondary education and STEMM in Rural Appalachia University of Tennessee NIH 8/2020-7/2025
*APLU NSF INCLUDES: A Collective Impact Approach to Broadening Participation in the STEM Professoriate:  IChange Self-Assessment Assoc. of Public Land Grant Universities NSF 8/2019-7/2022
*Virginia Tech HHMI Inclusive Excellence Project Virginia Tech HHMI 12/2019-8/2022
*CS for Appalachia: A Research-Practice Partnership for Integrating Computer Science into East Tennessee Schools University of Tennessee NSF 10/2019-9/2021
NSF-Simons Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology Georgia Tech NSF 3/2019-6/2023
REU Site: Advanced Chemistries for Energy and Sensing Applications at the University of Tennessee University of Tennessee NSF 5/2018-4/2022
ADVANCE Adaptation – ASCEND: Adaptations for a Sustainable Climate of Excellence and Diversity University of Tennessee NSF 9/2018-8/2021
*NRT-HDR: A team-based training paradigm integrating informatics and ecology Northern Arizona Univ. NSF 9/2018-8/2023
*VolsTeach for Appalachia: Strengthening the STEM Teacher Pathway from Community College to a Four-Year University University of Tennessee NSF 8/2018-7/2023
*REALising Inclusive Science Excellence Radford Univ. HHMI 9/2017-8/2022
*Broadening Participation Research Project: Investigating the Integration of Mathematics into Biology by Reciprocal Course Content Exchange Fisk Univ. NSF 7/2017-6/2020
*ASPIRE: Appalachian Students Promoting the Integration of Research in Education University of Tennessee NSF 9/2016-8/2021
*Multicultural Scholar Program (MSP) UTIA USDA 6/2016-5/2021
Past Projects Lead Institution Funding Agency Dates
*Cancer Learning in my Backyard (CLIMB) UT Health Science Institute Pyramid Peak Foundation 5/2019-4/2021
*PIPES: Possibilities in Postsecondary Education & Science University of Tennessee NIH 6/2017-2/2020
*Harvard Univ. MRSEC REU/STEAMeD Harvard NSF 8/2017-7/2018
*Program for Excellence and Equity in Research University of Tennessee NIH 6/2017-5/2018
Biology Undergraduate Mathematics Anxiety and Attitudes Program (BioMAAP) Radford Univ. NSF 9/2016-8/2019
Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Univ. of Pittsburgh NSF 9/2016-8/2019
*INCLUDES Conference on Multi-scale Evaluation in STEM Education University of Tennessee NSF 9/2016-8/2018
REU Site: Advanced Materials for Energy and Sensing Applications University of Tennessee NSF 6/2016-5/2019
International Conference on HRFS, HPS, and Hantavirus University of Tennessee NIH 3/2016-2/2017
Math: EAGER: Assessing Impacts on Student Learning in Mathematics from Inclusion of Biological, Real-World Examples University of Tennessee NSF 9/2015-8/2018
Blackwell-Tapia Conference University of Tennessee Sloan Foundation 10/2015-3/2017
*NIMBioS: National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis University of Tennessee NSF 7/2008-3/2021