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NSF Day is a day-long, comprehensive introduction to the National Science Foundation delivered directly by NSF representatives and will include breakout sessions by directorate.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Memorial Union [map]
Learn more or register online

The National Science Foundation is a federal agency charged with helping to keep the United States at the leading edge of discovery in all fields of science and engineering with the exception of medical sciences. The NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals annually for research, education and training projects and funds approximately 11,000 of those proposals. These awards account for about one-fourth of federal support dollars awarded each year to academic institutions for basic research.

Come to NSF Day to receive important information directly from the source!


  • 7:45-8:30 a.m. Registration
  • 8:30 – 8:34 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
  • 8:45 – 10:30 a.m. Introduction to the NSF Proposal/Merit Review Process presented by George Wilson – Legislative Specialist, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
  • 10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Break
  • 10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Cross-Disciplinary, Special Interest, International Programs presented by Robert E. Webber – Senior Science Policy Analyst, Office of International and Integrative Activities
  • 12:20 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    • Biological Sciences presented by Samuel M. Scheiner – Program Director, Division of Environmental Biology
    • Computer & Information Science & Engineering presented by Jeff Forbes – Program Director, Division of Computer and Network Systems
    • Education and Human Resources presented by Lee L. Zia – Co-Lead Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education
    • Engineering presented by Theresa Maldonado – Division Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers
    • Geosciences presented by Shemin Ge, Program Director – Division of Earth Sciences
    • Mathematical and Physical Sciences presented by Ann Orel – Program Director, Division of Physics
    • Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences presented by Susan Steret – Program Director, Division of Social and Economic Sciences
  • 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
  • 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Continuation of Concurrent Sessions
  • Proposal Preparation 101 presented by George Wilson- Legislative Specialist, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
  • 4:30 p.m. Adjourn

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Go to RSG’s page about NSF Day, sign in with your ASURITE and then complete the signup form at the bottom of the page. This is not registration to attend the event. If you want to attend NSF, register online with NSF.

Brought to you by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED)

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