Professional Development Series: NSF ITEST Program Workshop at Oklahoma State University


NSF ITEST Program Workshop at Oklahoma State University

Join us at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma on October 25 & 26 as we host National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officers and the STELAR Center for an informational workshop designed to highlight NSF grant programs focused on broadening participation in STEM!

During this event, NSF Program Officers will highlight funding opportunities supporting STEM education research, including the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) and the Discovery Research in PreK-12 (DRK12) programs. This workshop provides attendees the opportunity to ask questions and discuss concepts directly with NSF. An optional second day of training led by STELAR will focus on developing competitive ITEST proposals.


About NSF’s ITEST Program: The National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program supports applied research and development projects focused on increasing preK-12 students' interest in information and communication technology and STEM careers through innovative technology-based learning experiences.

STELAR functions as the resource center for the NSF ITEST program, supporting both grantees and those interested in developing an ITEST proposal. We provide in-person workshops, online proposal resources, and a self-paced proposal development course. Workshop participants will have access to online follow-up events supporting their proposal writing between now and August 2024.


Structure of the Workshop: This workshop is designed to raise awareness about NSF funding opportunities supporting STEM education research. It will consist of two days of programming:

      Day 1: Wednesday, October 25

Oklahoma State University Student Union (Starlight Terrace)
800 W University Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074

This full-day session will feature informational presentations by NSF program officers representing ITEST and DRK-12. Attendees will learn about NSF’s goals and priorities and important program details. NSF program officers will follow their presentations with a “meet and greet” session to answer specific questions.

        Day 2: Thursday, October 26

Henry Bellmon Research Center at OSU (room 130J&K)
233 N Monroe St, Stillwater, OK 74075

This half-day session will focus on the ITEST program proposal development process. Attendees will learn about NSF and STELAR resources designed to support the development of a competitive ITEST proposal. NSF program officers will be available to review initial concepts and address proposal-specific questions in preparation for the August 2024 solicitation.

Registration for the event will include the option of selecting day one, day two, or both sessions.


The STELAR Center will provide need-based travel and lodging reimbursement for participants traveling more than two hours by car. Participants should select this option when registering and will receive additional details on receipt of this request.


Registration can be completed at the link below and will remain open through Friday, October 20.