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NSF Accepting Recommendations to the STEM Education Advisory Panel

November 8, 2017

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Accepting Recommendations to the STEM Education Advisory Panel

November 8, 2017

Dear Colleague:

On October 18, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the Department of Education (ED), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) jointly established the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Advisory Panel.

This panel was formed in response to the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), which charges the Panel with the responsibility of advising the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM), assessing CoSTEM’s progress in carrying out responsibilities related to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, and helping to identify need or opportunity to update the Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan.

With the Panel formally established, we can now focus on identifying and appointing members who could potentially play a pivotal role guiding our nation’s Federal STEM education efforts. As such, NSF, ED, NASA, and NOAA are currently requesting recommendations for membership. We welcome recommendations for highly qualified individuals to serve on the Panel. For more information on the recommendation process, please visit

We ask that recommendations be submitted by the target date, November 30, 2017, in order to be considered for initial selection. Thereafter, NSF intends to publish a Federal Register notice requesting recommendations on an annual basis. No less than 11 individuals will be appointed to the Panel; members may serve for up to a three-year term; and meetings will be held twice a year.

We welcome your participation in the STEM Education Advisory Panel recommendation process. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nafeesa Owens, Program Officer, at STEMEdAdvisory@nsf.govor 703-292-5120.


William J. (Jim) Lewis
Acting Assistant Director
Directorate for Education and Human Resources

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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