The purpose of the DTS Program is to recognize and reward individuals who are both meritorious scholars and exemplary teachers as evidenced by their ability to integrate their research and educational activities and to approach research and education in a scholarly manner. The specific requirements of the program are provided in the NSF solicitation:
The program recognizes and supports the continued and expanded efforts of individuals with a history of substantial impact on: (a) research in one or more of the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines; (b) the education of K-16 STEM students who have diverse interests and aspirations, including both future K-12 science/math teachers and students who plan to pursue STEM careers; (c) the STEM education of students who need to understand mathematics and science as citizens n a society increasingly dependent on technology and science.
Relative to the selection process, it will be conducted in two steps. In step one, candidates are nominated by presidents, chief academic officers or independent off campus researchers. Based on the letter of nomination and letters of recommendation, a subset of the nominees will be selected to submit proposals for projects to support their continued activities. Considering both the original nominating materials and the proposals, six to eight individuals will be selected as DTS Awardees. The awardees will be recognized at formal ceremonies in Washington, DC, in June of 2005.
The deadline for the optional letter of intent is September 22, 2004. The closing date for nominations is October 20, 2004.
Roger K. Seals, Ph.D., P.E.
Division of Undergraduate Education
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230